Posts Tagged ‘Maungawhau’

Love Your Mountain Day

September 20th, 2011

The Friends of Maungawhau are busy preparing for Love Your Mountain Day on Sunday 4 December. The old tea kiosk will be turned into a Visitor Centre for the day, with displays, music, roving entertainer, wish tree, book reading circle, and a new discovery trail.

Eden Garden and Government House grounds will be open free of charge
from 10am to 4pm. Four different tours are offered, all free:

  • Government House garden: 10:30am & 1pm
  • Eden Garden: 11:30am & 1pm
  • Tamaki hikoi: 12:30pm & 2pm
  • Geology tour with Dr Bruce Hayward: 3pm

There’ll be NO traffic on the maunga!

More details on the Friends’ website:

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Love Your Mountain Day, Maungawhau-Mt. Eden

December 5th, 2010

The Friends of Maungawhau will be  hosting the 5th annual Love Your Mountain Day on Maungawhau-Mt. Eden on
Sunday, December 12, from 10am to 4pm.
Come along and celebrate the environmental diversity and cultural history of our iconic maunga.

  • Take a walk round the mountain, check out the fruit trees, and learn about the volunteer conservation project on the quarried western slope.
  • Free admission to Eden Garden and Government House grounds.
One-hour  guided tours starting at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Coffee stand in Glenfell Place at the Government House entrance.
  • Learn about the history of Ngati Whatua’s ancestral pa site.
Gather at the summit for one-hour guided walks by Tamaki Hikoi starting at 12.30pm and 2pm.
  • See fascinating displays on Maungawhau’s archaeology, geology and vegetation at the old Tea Kiosk. (Fill in a comment form and be in to win a Weekend Gardener subscription!).

For more information visit
Extra help is needed on the day. If you can spare an hour or two, handing out maps or directing walkers, please call April on 631-0057 or sen an email to:

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Updates: Fruit trees on Maungawhau

November 17th, 2010

The fruit trees on Maungawhau are looking great and we have received lots of encouraging feedback for this project. Together with the Friends of Maungawhau we are now planning our next fruit  tree planting day on Mt Eden for 2011. This is a great  opportunity for our community to get together and plant free fruit for the  future. The fruit trees also extend the international heritage value in relation ship to food plants. Fruit trees on Maungawahu not only make the walk on the mountain more enjoyable, they are also a wonderful source of food for bees, birds and humans alike.

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Fruit tree planting on Maungawhau

August 16th, 2010

A joint project between the Friends of Maungawhau and the Mount Eden Village People.

What a great turnout for our fruit tree planting day on Mangawhau this Saturday. A rainy day is apparently the best day to plant trees, so this was definitely the perfect day to dig in!

Thank you to everyone involved for taking action in transforming our community into a more sustainable place. This was a team effort to bring free and healthy food into to Mount Eden that will be a nice treat on your walk up Maungawhau.

We would like to see more fruit trees planted in streets and local parks and next to playgrounds to support families to save money on their grocery bill and to educate children on where fruit comes from.

We now have 3 feijoa, 3 lemon, 2 grapefruit and 2 peach trees on our mountain. We also would like to thank Councillor Glenda Fryer from our local community board, who joined us to plant a fruit tree and supports our vision of having these community trees as part of Mount Eden.

We would like to hear what you think about having community fruit trees in our city. Please go to:  FB: Fruit trees for Auckland or suggest a site on:

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Activity on Maungawhau, Mt Eden

April 15th, 2010

News from the friends of Maungawhau

Friends of  Maungawhau volunteers have been removing privet on the Maunga and the results  of this can be seen on the western slopes. Volunteers have also been removing  wire fencing strangling  Pohutukawa that that was not removed  decades ago when sheep once grazed this slope. With this work and the control  of possums the pohutukawa will be healthier in further years. This summer has  possibly been a 50  year dry period resulting in the death of many  plants. Of greater concern is the fire danger and lack of a progressive  fire  suppression /ecological plan. One practical aspect to  this [as well as making Maungawhau a ”healthy park”] is to declare a No  Smoking Zone. Monthly meetings continue with the Council on theses and other  issues.

To find out more updates on Mangawhau, please go to:

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Call for volunteers for ecological restoration on Maungawhau

March 5th, 2010

News from the friends of Maungawhau

“The members and volunteers of Friends of Maungawhau are active in ecological restoration on Maungawhau as well as advocating more professional management and care for these heritage parks and volcanic cones in greater Auckland. For the last 8 years volunteers have been reestablishing native vegetation doing a small part in this part of the planet for biodiversity.

The United Nations has declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity:

“The world is facing a global extinction crisis which threatens not only the natural environment but mankind itself. All life on earth depends upon species, ecosystems and natural resources. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species˙ showed that 22 percent of all known mammals, 30 percent of all known amphibians, 12 percent of all known birds, and 28 percent of reptiles, 37 percent of freshwater fish species, 70 percent of plants, 35 percent of invertebrates, assessed so far, are under threat.”

The great issue is biodiversity in urban areas with the majority of humans now living in cities and relying on rural areas for their wants.

This is your chance this year to help restore Maungawhau Mt Eden to be part of a biodiversity protected area. Volunteers meet each Tues at 9.30 pm at the end of Batger Rd to undertake restoration work. More volunteers are needed in both work on the ground: in advocacy with the new Auckland Council and Nga Mana Whenua o Tamaki Makaurau [ will be the new governing organization of these icons of Auckland]: promoting a ranger service and increasing awareness of the importance of parks like Maungawhau.”

Contact : Kit Telephone: 027 667 1059 , Email:,

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