Maunga live­stock phased out

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

‘‘It's an an­nual event in spring to see the lambs’’

First it was cars, now live­stock is be­ing ban­ished from Auck­land’s vol­canic sum­mits.

Cat­tle and sheep graz­ing on Auck­land maunga (vol­canic sum­mits) have been a fa­mil­iar sight for decades.

But their days are num­bered with Auck­land’s Maunga Author­ity plan­ning to re­move live­stock to protect and re­store bio­di­ver­sity.

Three maunga are grazed by cat­tle in­clud­ing Mt Welling­ton/ Maun­garei, Mt Rich­mond/ Otahuhu and Man­gere Moun­tain and two by sheep in­clud­ing One Tree Hill/Maun­gakiekie and Mt St John/Te Kopuke.

Graz­ing cat­tle have al­ready been been cleared from Mt Hob­son/Ohin­erau in Re­muera.

Re­muera res­i­dent Michelle Noma said it would be a pity if sheep were to be re­moved from One Tree Hill.

‘‘Our kids love to go there, it’s an an­nual event in spring to see the lambs in an iconic Auck­land space,’’ Noma said.

Ev­ery time fam­ily vis­its from over­seas, she takes them to One Tree Hill to ex­pe­ri­ence a farm en­vi­ron­ment close to the city.

Corn­wall Park Trust farm man­ager Peter Maxwell said it has stock cur­rently graz­ing on One Tree Hill and Mt St John.

The trust has not had for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion graz­ing will end on One Tree Hill.

In 2014 14 an­ces­tral cones were re­turned to the Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makau­rau Author­ity (Maunga Author­ity), to be held in trust for the ben­e­fit of all Auck­lan­ders.

The author­ity is made up of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makau­rau and Auck­land Coun­cil, to­gether with Crown (non-vot­ing) rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

In Novem­ber it was an­nounced five vol­canic cones would also be pedes­trian and cy­cle only from 2017.

Tupuna Maunga man­ager Scott De Silva said the Tupuna Maunga In­te­grated Man­age­ment Plan (IMP) in­cludes an ob­jec­tive to protect and re­store the bio­di­ver­sity of the an­ces­tral moun­tains. Un­der that ob­jec­tive, the in­ten­tion was to phase out graz­ing stock and rein­tro­duce na­tive species, in­clud­ing micro­organ­isms, in­ver­te­brates, lizards, and birds.

‘‘These con­trib­ute to re­silient and healthy ecosys­tems.’’

De Silva said there was no set pro­gramme for the re­moval of stock.

Stock caused dam­age to ar­chae­o­log­i­cal fea­tures in­clud­ing his­toric kumara pits.

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Sheep adorn­ing One Tree Hill and Auck­land’s other vol­canic cones will one day be a thing of the past. Re­muera res­i­dent Michelle Noma

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