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Comments flow in for future of Maungawhau

Comments flow in for future management of Maungawhau

Auckland City has received nearly 200 comments so far about the future management of Maungawhau Mt Eden – four times more than a similar consultation undertaken for One Tree Hill in 1997.

Aucklanders were invited to comment on the future protection and preservation of the iconic mountain on 24 January, with the public consultation continuing until 7 March.

About 80 people turned out for the open day and special walk around the mountain, guided by an archaeologist and Iwi representatives.

“I’m delighted with the number and quality of the comments we have received. They are proving to be well-informed and insightful suggestions. Some people have even gone to the trouble of drawing diagrams detailing their ideas. This kind of response shows us that people really do care and want what is best for the mountain,” says Councillor Christine Caughey, chair of the Environment, Heritage and Urban Form Committee.

The comments received to date have mostly raised issues around pedestrian safety, traffic management, visitor facilities, walkways and grazing.

Councillor Caughey says its pleasing to see that public interest in Auckland’s volcanic cones is at an all time high.

“I can sense a groundswell of support emerging for all of our volcanic features. Aucklanders want to see them protected and treasured. Maungawhau Mt Eden is the most in need of attention and is at the top of our priority list,” she says.

The mountain, which is a place of key archaeological, geological and cultural sites, is slowly eroding as a result of increasing traffic, pedestrian activity, cattle grazing and natural processes.

In order to preserve its special features and manage the demand from competing user groups, Auckland City is currently reviewing the Management Plan for Maungawhau Mt Eden, which was first developed in 1986.

People can still have their say about the mountain before 7 March in any of the following ways: Online at www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/mteden Post comments to Auckland City, community planning, Private Bag 92 516, Wellesley Street, Auckland Visit the display at the Epsom Community Library.

There will also be another chance to comment when the revised draft management plan is released for comment in July 2005.

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