Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Authority praises mountain protection from fireworks

The Tūpuna Maunga Authority has today thanked the people of Tāmaki Makaurau for their support in protecting the iconic Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral mountains) during Guy Fawkes season.

From 2-6 November, the Maunga are closed to the public each evening. 

The closures were put in place after unlawful fireworks caused several massive fires at Maungarei / Mt Wellington and Maungawhau / Mt Eden in 2019 and 2020. 

“We have again received significant support on the ground for the closures. People are pleased that action is being taken to protect the health of the Maunga and prevent further massive fires,” said Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, Paul Majurey.

Deputy Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, Alf Filipaina said the Authority was pleased to have such widespread community support for protection of the ancestral Maunga from fireworks.

“We consider this reflects support for the Authority’s stance that the public sale of fireworks should be banned,” he said.

While access to the Maunga will be back to normal after Guy Fawkes, a security presence will be maintained over the subsequent week.

Visit www.maunga.nz for more information about the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.

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