Uncertain future for historic building
What is to become of a historic mountain top tea house undergoing earthquake proofing work is yet to be decided.
The kiosk on the northern slopes of Mt Eden was closed following a structural assessment in February which found the building would be seriously at risk if it was hit by an earthquake and was far from com- plying with building standards.
Strengthening work began earlier this month and is expected to be complete by March.
The kiosk was built in 1926 and has been used as tea rooms and a restaurant.
acting regional and specialist parks manager Richard Hollier says the work will serve to maintain the historical integrity of the kiosk and ensure it can be reopened to the public.
But he says it’s future use hasn’t been determined. ‘‘There are many options available that will enhance the visitor experience on Maunga- whau (Mt Eden). This will be worked through with the Albert-Eden Local Board, iwi, the local community and interested stakeholders,’’ Mr Hollier says.
Local board chairman Peter Haynes says the prevailing view of locals is that the building should be converted into a visitors centre and maybe a cafe.
‘‘I personally would be quite happy to see the mana whenua run it because of the way they have been treated historically and the inadequacy of the reparation up until this point,’’ Mr Haynes says.
He says the final decision would have to be reserved until cogovernorship has been established for the mountain.
But he understands that the kiosk would be used as a visitors centre in the meantime.
Mt Eden is one of 14 Auckland volcanic cones in a deed settled this year that vested their ownership in the Tamaki Collective.
Under the agreement the mountains will be co-governed by the Tamaki Collective along with council and Crown representatives.
What future: The historic tea kiosk on the northern slopes of Mt Eden is undergoing earthquake strengthening work but the future use of the building is yet to be decided.