Work has started on top of Mt Roskill / Puketapapa to remove vehicle access to the summit. Five other mountains around Auckland are undergoing the same access control to meet the spiritual sensitivities of iwi. To mana whenua, the tihi (summit) is a sacred place to be treated with reverence and respect. Mt Eden is already car free with Mt Albert, Mt Wellington and Mt Victoria to follow.
Roskill seems to have got off the most lightly of all the hills as the carpark just below the summit will remain open. For decades the summit has been popular with visitors. The loop road and carpark are being removed. It was always interesting on the flat summit because vehicles were driving over the roof of the huge water reservoir hidden inside.
9 July 1962 Showing the Mount Roskill Reservoir under construction.
580-6539, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries