Popular Auckland maunga Takarunga, Mount Victoria, to become vehicle free

A popular landmark on Auckland's North Shore will become vehicle free from next month.

Work is starting this week to make Devonport landmark Takarunga /Mount Victoria a vehicle-free space by March 1.

A plan to ban cars from Auckland’s Mount Eden is drawing mixed reactions. Source: 1 NEWS

Tupuna Maunga o Tamaki Authority are permanently closing the summit road to all private cars and motorbikes. 

People with limited mobility will still be able to access the mountain by vehicle.

In a statement the authority says: "To Mana Whenua, the tihi of a maunga holds great spiritual and cultural significance and has always been a place to be treated with respect and reverence."

"Honouring these values alongside creating an enhanced experience for pedestrians is at the heart of the Authority's decision to make the tihi of Auckland's maunga vehicle-free spaces."

Mt Victoria is the second maunga to become vehicle-free, after Maungawhau / Mt Eden in 2016.

The maunga are culturally and archaeologically significant sites.

Storm clouds over Auckland (file picture).
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Elderly man missing after going for walk near Whangarei

A search is underway for a man who's been reported missing after going for a walk on the rural outskirts of Whangarei.

Police say Colin Browne, 76, was last seen on Mangahui Rd, Whareora at 2pm, walking towards Pataua North Road.

Mr Browne  is 178cm tall, of solid build and has grey hair.

He was wearing a blue and white striped polo t-shirt, long black shorts and bare feet.

Anyone who may have seen Colin is being urged to contact Whangarei Police on (09) 430 4500.

Colin Browne.
Colin Browne. Source: NZ Police


Dangerous man wanted over serious assault on the loose in lower North Island

A dangerous man is on the loose in the lower North Island, wanted by police over a serious assault.

Police say Henare Keri Namana, 34, is believed to be in Wairarapa, Wellington or the Hutt Valley area.

They say Namana is dangerous and shouldn't be approached.

Namana is wanted for arrest over a serious assault.

Anyone with information on Namana's whereabouts is urged to contact Masterton Police on (06) 370 0300.

Henare Keri Namana.
Henare Keri Namana. Source: NZ Police