Just who do these pricks think they are?

We can all thank Len Brown from ruining one of the best free night time attractions in Auckland. Driving up Mt Eden to look at the view at night.

Some unelected bunch of Maori stand over merchants have decided unilaterally to change the closing hours for Mt Eden and other mountains to 8:30pm instead of the previous 11:00pm.

About 70 cars were trapped on one of Auckland’s most popular tourist attractions last night after the gates were shut early.

People who ventured up the mountain said they were outraged when they were told to pay $40 to leave.

Some motorists were trapped up the maunga for two hours and criticised the Auckland Council’s lack of consistency on publicising closure times.

The Mt Eden-Maungawhau gates were chained off after 8.30pm.

Access to the summit closes at 11pm every day, the council’s website said this morning.

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An A4-sized sign with the new closure times was stuck to a pole on the right-hand side of the road, Shaw said.

It was not well-lit, making it difficult for his wife, who was driving, to see, he said.

Motorists were told they could leave if they paid a $40 fine, Shaw said.

He assumed he would receive the $40 fine in the mail, “which to me is not on”.

Security guards took down registration details of the motorists, he said.

Another motorist trapped on the maunga said?the new sign was blocked from view by vegetation.

They were allowed to leave after two hours.

“Hopefully the future forced imprisonment of tax-paying citizens and tourists on one of Auckland’s major landmarks will be resolved more efficiently since it seems gate-closing times are entirely arbitrary,” the motorist said.

And here is something I bet you never knew.

Mt Eden-Maungawhau is owned by?Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makaurau Authority, also known as the Maunga Authority. It protects the city’s volcanic cones and is overseen by mana whenua, the Auckland Council and the government.

Owned huh? Really? Is there a title and a deed to prove this?

We are given a bullshit reason for the changes it too:

“The objective is?to achieve an integrated approach for vehicle access times alongside pedestrian access which?remains?available at all times,” he said.

“The common timing of gate?closures?is?in place to ensure?an integrated approach across all the?T?puna Maunga and enable more effective management of some inappropriate car-related activities that have also required?police involvement.”

Whatever the hell that means.

For as long as Mt Eden has been there with a convenient road it has provide plenty of pleasurable excursions for people. Now all that is gone because of some unelected bunch of maori stand over merchants.

If the gates are locked at?8:30?people can’t show their visitors the Auckland skyline by night.

Mt Eden is the highest natural point on the isthmus,?is Len Brown doing this so Sky City gets?some sort of kick back for providing him with free rooms to get his leg over?

Does this bullshit?’Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Makarau Authority’ actually have the authority to hand out $40 fines I wonder?

Who gave it to them? Who elected them? Were ratepayers consulted?

Of course the answer to this stand over is bolt cutters.

Here’s the thing,?Len Brown wanted no vehicles and no tour buses so instead they bought two bloody?expensive electric buses that weren’t fit for purpose and?so they were eventually ditched at great expense to the ratepayers.

Now they are stopping people getting up there or down for that matter after 8:30pm.

When I was a kid we always went up Mt Eden in our cars with chicks to look at the view…and enjoy the skyline

Now Len has screwed?that up like so many other things he does.

 

– Fairfax

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