Mauao base track realignment to go ahead

A large slip in April damage part of the base track.

Tauranga City Council has approved funding to repair a large slip that damaged the Mauao base track in April by rerouting part of the track.

The project is expected to cost up to $2.2 million, which will come from Council's risk reserve.

“We appreciate this is a lot of money, however the more we looked into the slip, the more it became apparent that there is a stretch of about 250m of track which is built on a relic slip,” says Parks and Recreation Manager Mark Smith.

"Generally, if an area has slipped before it will slip again – it's just a matter of when. There's already a second, smaller slip just east of the large one

“Mauao is a taonga of immeasurable value, a ‘must do' for visitors and an important recreational resource for the people of our city."

Mark says it's crucial council choose a long-term, sustainable solution that preserves its natural landscape.

“If we repair just the 14 metre section that's damaged right now, we'll be paying for repairs every time there's another slip in the area. We would also have to reshape part of the mountain, potentially more than once.”

Council also resolved to ask the Mauao joint administration board, Nga Poutiri o Mauao, to investigate options for alternative funding such as donations for future maintenance of the mountain.

The new track will run along the beach, at three metres above sea level. It will offer visitors easier access to the water, and a view of the water and the statue of Tangaroa.

It will be fully wheelchair accessible.

Because of the design, repairing any damage to the new section of track will be quick and relatively inexpensive.

Once the new track is built, the at-risk section of the current base track will be decommissioned.



Posted on 05-07-2017 19:11 | By Minib

I feel contrite

Minib, just trying to help,

Posted on 02-07-2017 13:46 | By R. Bell

I confess I get a bit touchy when mindless comments are aimed at certain sections of our society. Probably shouldn't have mentioned your brain, we all get a bit precious about that. Robin Bell.


Posted on 02-07-2017 10:17 | By Papamoaner

The emperor has no clothes !

Terrible twins

Posted on 01-07-2017 13:29 | By Minib

In reply to R.Bell & Papamoaner thank you for a good telling off,I deserve all you have said and because you two are so right will be very careful what I write in the future, thank you to you both.

If Ya'll that concerned and

Posted on 30-06-2017 10:32 | By NotNat

Inconvenienced, get you gumboots and your spade and $40 000 worth of equipment and you might just come close to getting it fixed in a few months....put YOUR contribution where your mouth is...

@Minib - have a cup of tea & a liedown

Posted on 29-06-2017 19:26 | By Papamoaner

We are all here to push our opinions down each other's throats. It's called debating. You have the same speaking rights as everyone else on the thread, so stop grizzling. I have always found R.Bell to be direct but honest. Just because he disagrees with you, or takes the piss a bit, doesn't mean he is putting you down. People have strong opinions on these debates, so if you feel "put down" perhaps you need to move to an arbitrated chat room or similar, or get some skin-thickener from the health shop. But I agree the track repair fee seems to be over the top. Hand the whole affair over to the tramping clubs and let them run working bees, as has worked very well in the ranges for the 50 odd years I can recall.

OMG 3 Months and Counting- Ridiculous

Posted on 29-06-2017 11:12 | By kellbell

Well this thing is relatively minor and $2.2 million to fix the problem looks like a p***take and anyway who in hell tendered this price- a Council preferred contractor no doubt I suppose. There are on the face of it several very simple relatively inexpensive solutions to the problem and why have they not been adopted and implemented - a couple of guesses and tell you what you won't like the answers you find hidden behind the scenes.Let the locals at it and would take a day or so to fix.Sorry I almost forgot the local residents and ratepayers no longer have any say in the matter that lies with the new guardians of the mist.


Posted on 29-06-2017 08:45 | By peecee09

2.2 million. What a mountainous joke. "GIS a hand Saturday she's pretty big job"


Posted on 29-06-2017 01:13 | By The Caveman

When I spent time wandering around the MOUNT - back in the 1950's / 1960's / 1970's, the "paths" around and up/down the MOUNT were TRACKS. Nobody, spent any $$$ maintaining them. If you were not a fit and active person, then you did NOT even try to do the TRACKS and it was TRACKS, no more , no less than what you would find in deepest Southland. AND when there was a slip, somewhere on one of the tracks, a few local regulars got a pick and shovel and dug a track around the slip. And as for the current "slip" - just dig a bit into the bank (1950/60's solution) - and as for $2.2 million - bugger me is it going to be a two lane highway? OR is it another case of the "Health & Safety" gone MAD again.


Posted on 28-06-2017 18:27 | By Minib

Well Robin Bell I see you jump on anybody that does not agree with you as you are such an expert on all matters, you have a history that goes back many years in writing to the papers putting people down and forcing your opinion down there throats. I was under the impression that we had a land of free speech and everyone was intitled to their opinion but not so with you we all must get under your thin skin and continually must be an irrant to yourself.

The owners

Posted on 28-06-2017 17:46 | By surfsup

Not often I agree with R. Bell but in this case he his quite right. The Mount is a major attraction for the region and as such the upkeep is something we accept, what I would like to see is a breakdown of the absurd amount of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ the council is telling us it will cost.

Lynch mob mentality

Posted on 28-06-2017 17:25 | By Papamoaner

Glad I don't work for any councils. Rock and a hard place. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Too many bloody armchairs in Tauranga. Local furniture manufacturers ought to be ashamed of themselves. How about getting them to erect a guillotine scaffold outside the council offices?

Those owners..

Posted on 28-06-2017 16:47 | By Me again

should put up toll gate eh. Couple of jobs there standing there with their "hands out". My guess is not too many of these owners go walking the Mauao with bikes and pushchairs causing a little erosion here and there. so yeah toll gate lol !!!!

Minib, is that short for

Posted on 28-06-2017 15:35 | By R. Bell

mini brain? What are you going on about. The "Maori owners" , as you call them do not maintain the track, they don't charge you to walk the track or visit the top.Be very careful what you ask for or demand. Robin Bell.

here we go again

Posted on 28-06-2017 14:15 | By old trucker

AGREE with both of these comments, these people stay QUITE when they have to spend ,(BUT) are QUICK for a hand out,just wondering if, its a TCC buddie thats got contract,$2.2 million, for gods sake they could widen and seal it for this much,this will keep sliding down as its very steep in places,my thoughts only on this subject,Sunlive is No1 for News,Thankyou,10-4 out.

Short arms long pockets

Posted on 28-06-2017 14:00 | By Minib

Has the council had any feedback from the Mauao board as to contributing funds to met their obligations as owners of Mauao? $2.2 million is a huge amount of money and we should ail expect these Maori owners to front up. But sadly I don't think this will happen.


Posted on 28-06-2017 11:19 | By Chris

The amount of time this track has already been closed is an absolute disgrace. Get the damned thing open already. These contractors must be laughing all the way to the bank.

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