Joyless, lemon-sucking, busy-bodies want all cars removed from volcanic cones

No just joyless, lemon-sucking, busy-bodies, but unelected Maori busy-bodies.

Driving and parking up to take in the Auckland vista from volcanic cones has been an Auckland Kiwi birthright.  Get ready for the liberals and Maori to ban and ban some more.

 

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority has decided five more ancestral mountains will have the same restrictions put in place next year.

The changes will affect the tihi, or top, of Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, Maungarei/Mt Wellington, Ōwairaka/Mt Albert, Puketāpapa/Mt Roskill and Takarunga/Mt Victoria.

Mr Bowden, a land surveyor, has a good understanding of Auckland’s environment.

“We’ve actually done quite significant surveys all over Auckland picking up all of the topography, the kumara pits, so it’s very much about heritage, something that should be retained and I think any kind of vehicles off the mountain would be good.”

Two Papakura residents who were also up Ōwairaka today, however, disagreed with the ban, saying they wouldn’t have half an hour free in their lunch break to walk up to the summit.

Those features have been there for over a 100 years and cars aren’t ever going to damage them if they haven’t by now.

Tūpuna Maunga Authority chairman Paul Majury said it consulted with the public and undertook a number of surveys, which found much of the community supported the move.

I call bullshit on that. Show us the results then, show us the surveys, give us the details of how many people were consulted and/or surveyed.

The surveys had found the summit roads were narrow and at times dangerous, he said.

“The weekend traffic counts were quite high in terms of pedestrians and vehicles; during those surveys, a number of near misses occurred.”

Another reason behind the car ban was the protection of historic sites, Mr Majury said

“There are centuries and centuries of history with these special places. They are places, literally where people have been born, they’ve been married, they’ve lived their lives.

“There has been fortified pā, there has been warfare, there has been the peace-makings that have gone on over the centuries.”

The authority hoped the tihi would get a spruce-up, with new signage providing historical details of each of the maunga, he said.

Once again unelected officials are brown-mailing the ratepayers. Time this nonsense was brought to an end.

I warned people that Mt Eden was just the start…now they are looking for total control.

 

– RadioNZ

 

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