Climbers oppose Mount ban

Climbers are objecting to plans to remove them from Mauao.

A proposal in the draft Mauao management plan to remove climbers from the Maunga has resulted in a large number of climbers opposing the issue.

The reason for removing climbers – the protection of a rare plant – was challenged by the climbing community at a recent submissions hearing, who insist the climbing section on the north face hasn't damaged or endangered any of the plants during the decades climbers have been using the rock face.

Climber David Ellacot says the three reasons given for removing climbers haven't been fully assessed.

The Mauao Ecological Assessment of January 2015 found that impacts on the psilotum nudum population on the bluffs are minor or absent and the population is stable.

“Several years ago, the local Forest and Bird chapter had logged two psilotum nudum plants which are in prominent positions on climbing routes,” says David in his submission, “and they are still there to this day.”

A more recent survey shows psilotum nudum is prominent across the crag and this is after more than three decades of climbing activity, says David.

Public safety claims were also dismissed.

“The perceived safety issue for the public walking on the track, below the crags while climbers are above, is also not understood well,” he adds. “Climbers have chosen that area to climb on as the rock itself is solid.”

During a site visit in September, it was thought the current climbing crag does not have any wahi tapu sites.

Climbing on the Mount is supported by both the city council's Open Space Strategy and Sport Active Living Strategy, says David.

“Both documents support climbing to continue on Mauao with Tauranga having an active climbing community both locally and on the national climbing stage.”

“I recommend that a more collaborative framework is set up between the climbing community and Nga Poutiriao o Mauao.

“This aligns with another of the Active Living Strategy principles that partnership and collaborative approaches are vital to the delivery of sport and active living opportunities in our communities.”


@ The Caveman

Posted on 12-11-2017 22:01 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Cooperation means money is needed, koha, money in the back pocket and all that. Wait for it, its coming, all of it demands for someone to pay, pay lots and often .... bye bye climbers, beach goers, swimmers, fixhing, jet skiis, boats ... the lot. Unless you pay of course.

If there ain't a $$$ in it for them,

Posted on 11-11-2017 20:20 | By The Caveman

a certain MOB object to anything - climbling on the Mount has been the norm for the last 100 years. I know that climbers have been using the Mount for over 60 years - YES, I can recall seeing them there 55+ years ago. SUDDENLY there is a problem ! Next time you need a "cliff rescue team" think about who are the members of the cliff rescue team !! YES the climbers that use the Mount for their training and experience. !!!


Posted on 11-11-2017 10:14 | By groutby do with "The Mount" will now be challenged and held up, offer our money...that'll fix it!..Captain, the whole article is surely "mumbo jumbo" from all sides, a ' more collaborative framework' (ie discuss and agree), 'Active Living Strategy'..??...what the...?....doing lots of talking secures jobs I guess....

The Mount

Posted on 11-11-2017 09:09 | By OAP

If this ban is enforced it will be the thin end of the wedge! Before long we would find ourselves being charged to even walk round the base track. I bet that if the climbers were being charged the objections would disappear !

Don’t stop them

Posted on 11-11-2017 08:36 | By waiknot

I dont climb but love watching them

More maori mumbo jumbo

Posted on 10-11-2017 17:01 | By Captain Sensible

I see these climbers most days. They are friendly and cause no obstructions and do no damage. Can maori not understand that BS mumbo jumbo is just that and it is now 2017, not 1817. Leave the climbers alone. They are doing no harm.

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