The uppermost section of the tihi (summit) of Puketāpapa / Pukewīwī / Mt Roskill will soon be closed to private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters. Vehicle access to the car park just below the tihi will be retained.
Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward Councillor Cathy Casey says the decision by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority for five Auckland maunga (including Puketāpapa) to have vehicle-free tihi respects the cultural, natural and heritage values of the maunga and improves visitor safety.
“By taking steps to preserve and respect this beautiful taonga and bring its natural qualities and cultural history to the fore, we strengthen our connection to it,” she says.
“People will be able to now enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the tihi without the constant coming and going of cars.”
Auckland’s maunga are culturally and archaeologically significant sites and were occupied by ngā mana whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau for a millennium. In many cases the archaeological remnants of early occupation remain intact.
Visit maunga.nz for more information about Auckland’s maunga and the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.