Kiosk’s role still uncertain
A historic tea kiosk is reopening after undergoing earthquake strengthening work but its future is still uncertain.
The kiosk on the slopes of Mt Eden was closed in February last year after a structural assessment found it did not meet building standards and would be at risk if it was hit by an earthquake.
It was built in 1926 and has been used as tea rooms and a restaurant.
Currently it is the base for the Maungawhau Tamaki Hikoi guides who run the shuttle and guiding service on the mountain.
Auckland Council’s manager of specialist and regional parks Richard Hollier says the kiosk’s long term future hasn’t been determined.
Mt Eden was one of 14 volcanic cones included in a deed settled last year that vested their ownership in the Tamaki Collective.
Under the agreement the mountains will be cogoverned by the Tamaki Collective, a group of iwi, along with council and representatives Crown.
‘‘Council is mindful of the role that the new Maunga authority will play in future comanagement of the region’s volcanic cones, including developing visitor experience opportunities, so it is looking
the at interim options,’’ Mr Hollier says.
Albert-Eden Local Board chairman Peter Haynes says a number of residents have made it known to him that they would like to see the kiosk return to its role as a cafe and visitors’ centre.
Complete: The Mt Eden kiosk is open again after being strengthened to withstand an earthquake.