The Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority (the Maunga Authority) passed a decision in principal on 2 December 2014 to remove motor vehicle access from the summit of Maungawhau Mt Eden, pending a report that outlines all of the implications that go with that potential outcome
The report will go before the Authority in April 2015. It will include options for transporting people with limited mobility, and rules relating to cycling and mountain-biking.
Motor vehicle removal from the summit was signalled many years ago as a necessary outcome to protect the taonga that is this maunga, but also to reflect the community aspirations of their interaction with this taonga. This was reflected in the long-standing community programme that led to the Maungawhau/Mt Eden Management Plan (2007).
City Vision has long supported better care and protection of our maunga and has actively campaigned over many years for this to become a reality. We applaud the decision of the Maunga Authority to make the ‘in principal’ decision to end motor vehicle access to Maungawhau. City Vision’s Glenda Fryer (Authority member and Albert – Eden Local Board members) says ‘Families and visitors will now to be able to enjoy the wonder and majesty of Maungawhau in safety and learn about our natural history.’