January 18, 2016
Cars off Maungawhau this week
Work is almost complete on limiting vehicle access to the summit of Maungawhau-Mt Eden.
From Wednesday all motor vehicles including motorbikes and scooters will be banned.
People with limited mobility can get a keypad access code to lower the bollards at the entrance to the summit road.
Tūpuna Maunga Authority chair Paul Majurey says the ban on buses and heavy vehicles in 2011 made the mountain safer for people and less congested, and there is wide support or extending the ban.
He says barring vehicles respects the spiritual and cultural significance of the tihi or summit to Mana Whenua as well as community aspirations reflected in the 2007 Maungawhau / Mt Eden Management Plan.
“For Mana Whenua, the tihi of Maungawhau has always been a place to be treated with respect and reverence. The taonga is loved by all visitors as a place for quiet reflection and connection,” Mr Majurey says.
Visitors will be able to obtain an access code on the day of their visit by calling Auckland Council on 09 379 1340 and providing their total mobility scheme or mobility parking permit number.
Pedestrians and cyclists on pedal bicycles will continue to have unrestricted use of the summit road, observing the 20km speed limit and pedestrian safety.
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