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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.

Kit How­den

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