Board decide against permitting sport rock climbing on Mauao

Friday 31 July 2020

Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao, Mauao’s Joint Administration Board, has decided not to approve the use of sport rock climbing routes on Mauao in a recent Media Release. Read the full verdict below.

Full Media Release:

The decision, made at the Board's 22 July meeting, comes in response to an application by the rock-climbing community to be granted permission to climb on specified routes on the maunga.

The Board’s decision was made in line with the Mauao Historic Resource Management Plan, which outlines that the Board include consideration of the effects on a rare fern, wāhi tapu sites and public safety.

The Board held overall concerns about the health and safety of the activity to climbers and other users of the maunga.

In addition, the Board decided it did not support the drilling of new holes. New holes are periodically required by climbers to allow the replacement of climbing bolts/anchors to ensure sport climbing can continue to be undertaken safely. The Board found this practice to be unacceptable due to its invasive nature, which went against the Board’s responsibility to protect the cultural and spiritual values of the maunga.

Board Chairman, Dean Flavell, said the Board is responsible for protecting Mauao, and other users by ensuring that it is safe for everyone to enjoy.

“Although we understand the disappointment this decision will cause the rock-climbing community, we had ongoing safety concerns, which could not be addressed to the Board’s satisfaction.

“We feel this decision safeguards the vast number of users of Mauao and fulfils our responsibility to protect the historical, cultural and ecological values of the maunga.”