End of grazing on Maungakiekie
The sight of sheep grazing on Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill Domain has been a familiar one for over 30 years. In the days when there was vehicle access up to the summit, it was not unusual to have to slow down or stop for sheep ambling across the road. It is now the end of an era – no more animals grazing on the land directly on and around the Maunga. However, this does not affect the Cornwall Park land, where it is business as usual for the farm.
The two parks, Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill Domain and Cornwall Park, are often mistaken as one, but in fact they are separate. Cornwall Park is a private park and farm, which was gifted to the city by Sir John Logan Campbell in 1901. It is owned and managed by the Cornwall Park Trust Board.
Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill was vested in the Crown until 2012, when all 14 of Auckland’s Tupuna Maunga were handed back to Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective, under a Treaty of Waitangi Collective Redress Act. They are all now managed by the Tupuna Maunga Authority, whose aim is to restore and protect the Maunga.
Changing gate times for vehicle access
As you can see from the advert below, the gate opening times are changing in Cornwall Park. Michael Ayrton, the park’s director, says the high volume of fast through-traffic is not consistent with the park’s purpose.
“Our focus is on making sure the park can be enjoyed as a place of recreation by all its users, and opening these gates later will help support this at what is a popular time of day with joggers and others.
“This follows successful trialing of selected vehicle closures at the park over recent years. We know this part of the park is used by many motorists and we are taking steps to advise drivers currently using this route so they can plan in advance.”