Mt Eden ex­pected to be ve­hi­cle-free after April


Ban­ning cars will make Mt Eden safer and more ap­peal­ing for peo­ple strug­gling with Auck­land’s big­gest pub­lic park short­fall, cam­paign­ers and of­fi­cials say.

A decision was made on Mon­day to ex­tend a 2011 ban on buses from the sum­mit of Maun­gawhau.

This time the ban

will in­clude all ve­hi­cles. It is ex­pected to come into force after April 2015.

Auck­land’s other maunga – such as Maun­gakiekieOne Tree Hill, Mt Roskill and Mt Wellington – may be cov­ered by the ban in the fu­ture.

Friends of Maun­gawhau chair­man Kit How­den is hail­ing the decision, say­ing Al­bert-Eden’s parks are very popular and get­ting rid of cars will mean more open space for fam­i­lies to en­joy but it’s still not enough.

Al­bert-Eden has just 2.9ha of open space for ev­ery 1000 res­i­dents.

As of 2011 just over 100,000 peo­ple live in the area, which stretches from Water­view to Green­lane.

Al­bert-Eden deputy chair­woman Glenda Fryer agrees, say­ing fam­i­lies are put off Mt Eden be­cause ve­hi­cles make it dan­ger­ous.

Those who drive up also bring an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, such as drink­ing, which is dis­re­spect­ful to the mana of Maun­gawhau, she says.

Fryer is a mem­ber of Tupuna Maunga o Ta­maki Makau­rau Au­thor­ity, known also as the Maunga Au­thor­ity, which made the decision to support the car ban in prin­ci­ple.

Fryer says costs to close the road up the cone and make it more ac­ces­si­ble for peo­ple will come back to the au­thor­ity next April.

Cars may be banned from the sum­mit soon after April but she says it de­pends on all is­sues around clos­ing the road be­ing re­solved.

She says the au­thor­ity wants the Mt Eden kiosk to be an in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and cafe and is look­ing for some­one to run it.

In 2011 Auck­land Coun­cil be­gan a shut­tle ser­vice up the moun­tain for peo­ple with limited mo­bil­ity.

A drop off and park­ing zone was cre­ated op­po­site the kiosk along with a new bus-only road go­ing up the cone.

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