6 Nov 2019

Guy Fawkes fires: Maunga crater 'our most sacred site'

From Checkpoint, 6:21 pm on 6 November 2019

No one will be allowed onto Auckland's maunga around fireworks season following two large fires on Tuesday night.

The blaze at Maungarei - Mt Wellington was the biggest fire crews have ever tackled during the annual fireworks season - while another at Maungawhau - Mt Eden was contained to the crater.

Auckland's Tūpuna Maunga Authority says it's will now block access to Auckland's 14 maunga - during the time crackers are on sale.

Checkpoint camera operator Claire Eastham Farrelly and reporter Nita Blake-Persen headed to Maungawhau to speak to the authority's manager Nick Turoa and survey the damage.