The Tūpuna Maunga Authority acknowledges Mana Whenua and the local communities of Tāmaki Makaurau regarding the successful second annual closure of the Tūpuna Maunga to protect the Maunga from fireworks damage, Auckland Council says. The overwhelming public response was one of strong support. Many Aucklanders expressed gratitude for the Authority’s mahi which not only protects the taonga but reduces risk to people and property and avoids strain on Fire and Emergency services. The Tūpuna Maunga Authority is clear that the annual closures will be normal business for so long as the public can buy fireworks.