No evidence to back Mt Eden car ban

The world of Local Government is murky and marked by skullduggery and dirty pool.

Ask any property developer about the nonsense that is used by Council planners to obstruct resource consent applications and you’ll quickly decide that local government is turd.

It is regular that a planning officers report include an assessment of effects without any empirical evidence to back it up? Thumb sucks and bull dust.

David Seymour had called it, by exposing the total nonsense surrounding the ban on cars up Mt Eden.

Mr Seymour, whose electorate includes Mt Eden, questioned some of the reasons for the ban. The Act Party leader asked the authority under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act for any reports on measurements or estimates of damage caused by vehicles. ?

The authority’s lead officer, Justine Smith, responded by saying unrestricted access had “raised concerns” about damage to the mountain.

As evidence, she cited a Mt Eden management plan from 2007, which said erosion was “apparent in observations of slips, soil creep, and the filling and shortening of terraces”.

But it did not link this damage to vehicles, instead attributing it to “natural processes”, pedestrians, excavation for utilities, earthworks, and grazing stock. Stock are already banned from the summit.

Mr Seymour said: “Clearly, car-induced erosion is either not occurring or is not a factor in the authority’s move to ban cars – a fact that contradicts the erosion-focused narrative.”

Auckland Council is used to lying to the public and playing games. Having a Maori organisation front the ban is a cheap parlour trick, which distances the real decision makers from the total nonsense.

But what’s striking is that Paul Majurey was once a Resource Management lawyer and partner at Russell McVeagh. You’d think he knows what’s legitimate and what is not.


– A newspaper