Kiosk’s role still un­cer­tain

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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

of

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.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Com­plete: The Mt Eden kiosk is open again af­ter be­ing strength­ened to with­stand an earth­quake.

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