March 05, 2015
Maunga smoking ban voluntary
The chair of Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority is counting on community support and voluntary compliance for a ban on smoking and drinking on Auckland’s volcanic cones.
The authority, which includes mana whenua, council and crown representatives, approved the new policy last week.
Paul Majurey says it recognises the spiritual, cultural and community significance of the maunga.
He says people will be informed of the new policy by signs on the mountains, and he’s not expecting any backlash.
"Really it is about a policy approach bringing folk with us. We've also signalled that depending on where Auckland council get to with their bylaw review later in the year, there might be a need to look again a bit later on at policy enforcement, such as the councils bylaws or bylaws that the authority brings under the Reserves Act, but very much a bring the community with us at this stage," Mr Majurey says..
He says an incident where cars were locked in at Maungawhau Mt Eden was a teething problem as the authority moved to enforce the same closing time on all maunga.
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