There’s nothing like a lockdown to cement our appreciation for the wide-open space, expansive views, and the spiritually uplifting experience of traversing one of our beautiful Maunga. In Devonport, locals are lucky that their daily lockdown hīkoi can include not just one, but two of Tāmaki’s culturally significant geographic taonga.
I’m privileged to be one of the six elected Council members on the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, sitting alongside mana whenua representatives, collectively making decisions that strengthen the spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary and historical significance of those maunga. In our August hui, some decisions were made that will improve the visitor experience on one of our local sites of significance, Takarunga. You may be interested to learn what changes are afoot.
Following the successful pedestrianization of the summit road to the tihi and the upgrade to the tihi track in 2018, the Authority has seen more users spend more time on this maunga, and when our borders do open again, we know that Takarunga is a highly frequented visitor destination. For these reasons the Authority members have decided to progress a few more changes in response. This work falls under Mana Whai A Rēhia / Recreational Value, which is one of the 7 Tūpuna Maunga Strategies that inform, guide and manage the activities that take place on the Maunga.
What has been proposed and agreed is:
In addition, the lower loop track will be renewed and upgraded. This will complete the track upgrades and will protect the maunga from further erosion. The track will be a compacted aggregate surface, shaped to ensure water is kept off the track. Where the track is steep, timber boxed steps will be built and filled with compacted aggregate and timber handrails will be included where they add comfort to the user.
In terms of time frame, these changes will go through the usual consenting process and it is hoped construction will begin mid 2022.
Elected member of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board for the 2019-2022 Election Term.