Tea kiosk com­ing back to life

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

A his­toric tea kiosk atop of an iconic Auck­land vol­canic cone is about to be brought back to life.

An­drew Bell, who op­er­ates the pop­u­lar Corn­wall Park Cafe and Corn­wall Park Bistro, has be­come the lessee of the Maun­gawhau tea kiosk, from which he plans to op­er­ate a cafe.

When the Maun­gawhau Tea Kiosk, on the north­ern edge of Mt Eden, failed a struc­tural as­sess­ment in 2012 its fu­ture be­came un­cer­tain.

But in­vest­ment by Auck­land Council and the Tu¯puna Maunga O Ta¯maki Makau­rau Au­thor­ity has saved the build­ing and brought it back to life.

Paul Ma­jurey, chair of the Tu¯puna Maunga Au­thor­ity, says re­turn­ing the kiosk to a func­tion­ing cafe is some­thing the Au­thor­ity has been plan­ning for some time.

‘‘We have ap­proached this project with sen­si­tiv­ity to the out­stand­ing nat­u­ral land­scape that is Maun­gawhau and the deep spir­i­tual and cul­tural ties that Mana Whenua have with this maunga.’’

Ma­jurey says there will be no ground dis­tur­bance dur­ing works to re­turn the kiosk to a cafe´.

The Maunga Au­thor­ity and Auck­land Council worked with com­mer­cial prop­erty spe­cial­ists JLL to find a lessor for the prop­erty. JLL’s head of re­tail Chris Beasleigh says Bell is the per­fect per­son to be­come the lessor.

Build­ing con­sent is about to be lodged for the kiosk, Bell says.

The Mt Eden tea kiosk was built in 1926.

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