Mauao base track closed for stair removal

The track will be closed from Monday, April 12.

Mauao base track will be closed next week.

The closure is to allow contractors to begin work to remove the temporary stairs installed in 2017, after ex-cyclone Debbie caused a 14m slip that blocked part of the Mauao base track.

The base track will be completely closed on 15, 16 and 19 April to ensure public safety during the work.

Signage and barriers will be in place at access points, and all other tracks on Mauao will remain open.

The Nga Poutiriao o Mauao Board agreed to remove the stairs at a meeting on December 2, 2020.

Board chair Dean Flavell says they investigated options to keep the stairs in place; however, the risk of damage to the area was too great.

Tauranga City Council general manager of community services Gareth Wallis says the stairs were a temporary solution so people could still use the base track during the repairs.

"Due to the significance of the site, the emergency archaeological authority granted by Heritage New Zealand was conditional on removing the stairs when the track repairs were complete. The floating design has protected the archaeological features underneath, but they are not suitable for long-term use."

A usage survey in September 2020 showed an average of 180 people per day used the stairs compared to an average of 1500 people a day using the base track.

The base track will be closed next week. Image: Tauranga City Council.

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Posted on 14-04-2021 09:58 | By Hiko

The picture does not represent the stairs mentioned but does serve as a case in point on the council. Why do we need a wheelchair access ramp alongside a set of stairs? walkers are well able to use the ramp so why the stairs? Answer : Because someone elses borrowed money is being used No prudent council woud do this

We pay!!

Posted on 08-04-2021 17:18 | By Equality

They own it but we pay!! Ownership. On 14 May 2008, New Zealand’s Parliament adopted legislation whereby ownership of Mount Maunganui was transferred from the Crown to the Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui and Ngati Pukenga iwi.

Leave it insitu

Posted on 08-04-2021 07:26 | By Johnney

What a bloody waste of resources, time and money. There is no guarantee that we won’t have further slips in the future so why not leave it there. How much is it costing our cash strapped council for this futile exercise?


Posted on 07-04-2021 20:41 | By Yadick

Why remove them? If anything happens and they’re needed again I suppose we can just fork out for more. Who cares if they get used? Great kids adventure to take a safe detour from Ma + Pa. What a waste of money. How many hundred of thousands of dollars is it going to take to unnecessarily remove them. Surely this money is better spent elsewhere . . . perhaps on the Commisioners salaries for all their wisdom, knowledge and usefulness . . .


Posted on 07-04-2021 17:34 | By Told you

I can’t for the life in me see why they should remove the stairs. They cost to install now will cost to remove,and at the end of the day for what? If it’s to do with preserving a few shells and a bit of fauna it because a ludicrous operation.

Getting dizzy

Posted on 07-04-2021 11:31 | By Let's get real

From all of the head shaking that I’m doing. How much revenue is expended on this site and how many hangers-on are we supporting financially. They had a king buried in a carpark in Britain and any number of Pharaohs have been unearthed and moved in Egypt, but we’re desperate to protect and not disturb a few shells and animal bones. To say that we’re a developed nation is absurd.

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