An average of 1.3 people catch the ferry from Te Onewa Northcote Point Wharf, Stuff reveals, despite it reopening after a $2.6 million upgrade. North Shore ward councillor Chris Darby said many Northcote and Birkenhead residents commuted to the city for office jobs, which were impacted by Covid-19 restrictions last year. Auckland Transport plans to explore ways to get North Shore residents back on the ferries once its operators recover from staff shortages. It will also seek to improve the timing of the 928 bus to the wharf, so that better connects with the ferry schedule.