Day to cel­e­brate moun­tain

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Cel­e­brate Mt Eden’s cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage at Love Your Moun­tain day on Sun­day.

The day’s free pro­gramme, or­gan­ised by Friends of Maun­gawhau, in­cludes ecol­ogy and his­tory tours, a talk and demon­stra­tions of tra­di­tional Maori weaponry, a flax-weav­ing work­shop, maunga face paint­ing, live mu­sic, and a chil­dren’s wish tree.

Traf­fic will be barred from the sum­mit from 10am to 4pm to al­low vis­i­tors to ex­plore and pic­nic on the vol­canic cone.

‘‘This year we’re cel­e­brat­ing the first full year with­out heavy buses on the maunga,’’ says Ian Fish, who has been in­volved with the event since its in­cep­tion seven years ago.

‘‘One of our aims is to cre­ate more com­mu­nity aware­ness of is­sues re­lated to man­ag­ing and pre­serv­ing the vol­canic cones,’’ he says.

This year re­tail­ers in Mt Eden vil­lage are en­ter­ing into the spirit and will be dress­ing the main street with green bal­loons.

Many will be giv­ing out dis­count vouch­ers.

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