Mt Roskill and One Tree Hill to be­come car-free

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - JACK­SON THOMAS

The days of driv­ing to the sum­mit of One Tree Hill are com­ing to an end with a loom­ing blan­ket ban on all ve­hi­cles.

On March 26 work will be­gin to make the tihi, or sum­mit, of One Tree Hill (Maun­gakiekie), per­ma­nently closed to all mo­tor ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing mo­tor­bikes and scoot­ers.

Con­struc­tion was ex­pected to take about four to six weeks to com­plete. Ac­cess for ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists would re­main through­out this pe­riod.

The sum­mits of Mt Eden and Mt Vic­to­ria are al­ready car-free and work is un­der­way to make Mt Roskill car-free.

Chair Paul Ma­jurey said the changes recog­nised maunga, or moun­tain, as sites of im­mense cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

‘‘Maun­gakiekie was one of the largest pa¯ in the re­gion and some of the best­p­re­served records of early Ma¯ori life in Ta¯ maki Makau­rau can be seen here in the many ter­races and pits shaped for dwellings, agri­cul­ture and de­fence.’’

Ve­hi­cle ac­cess would be main­tained for peo­ple who have lim­ited mo­bil­ity and an ac­cess code could be ob­tained. Park­ing would re­main avail­able near the sum­mit road en­trance.

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Work will be­gin in late March to make One Tree Hill pedes­trian only.

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