‘PROTECT THE MAUNGA’
Saving Maungawhau and making it safer for families are the reasons Kit Howden supports the car ban.
The chairman of Friends of Maungawhau says it will open up more free space for people to roam around in – something the area is sorely lacking.
As the city intensifies, to cope with an expected population boom, green space will become more crucial to residents.
Keeping access open to the maunga while preserving its archaeological features needs to be a priority for the Maunga Authority, Howden says.
Albert-Eden has just 2.9 hectares 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.
Howden says AlbertEden’s parks are very popular and getting rid of cars will mean more open space for families to enjoy.
‘‘Walking is a right, driving is a privilege and we need to get that in perspective.’’
Commercialising Mt Eden’s shuttle service should be looked into, Howden says, with tourists paying but those with disability cards travelling for free.