Trig removed from Mauao summit

The trig will be replaced by a cultural compass.


Observant walkers who venture to the Mauao summit might notice something missing at present. 

The trig from the pinnacle of the walk has been removed with plans to replace it with a “cultural compass”.

The trig was removed prior to Matariki, and the replacement compass will aim to recognise and celebrate the mana of the summit of Mauao.

The compass will feature touchstones at the centre, which carry mauri (lifeforce), to maintain the mauri of Mauao. 

Radiating from the touchstones, the compass design will identify significant sites on the maunga, outlying landmarks and islands, and select star and sun positions.

The view from the summit of Mauao. Photo. File Image. SunLive.

Representatives of Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao (Mauao Joint Administration Board), worked together with Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand to remove the trig or beacon and associated surveying mark known as ‘1317 - A Maunganui’ with a view to reinstating the survey mark elsewhere on the summit.

Ngā Poutiriao ō Mauao chairman, Dean Flavell says, it was important that the most sacred part of the tupuna maunga be adorned with a tohu fitting of his mana. 

“Ko Mauao te Maunga ko Tauranga te Moana.”

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Posted on 12-06-2021 18:38 | By Told you

Slowly any reference to our colonial past will be lost, what with the oak trees and now the Trig Station been removed, what will be next?

No mana

Posted on 12-06-2021 13:33 | By

Btw. It doesn’t have mana or a life force; it’s a hill.

Something new

Posted on 12-06-2021 13:31 | By

Everyday it’s something else just chip, chip, chipping away at the status quo and widening the divide.


Posted on 12-06-2021 12:42 | By Centurion

Leaves me wondering who is funding the ’cultural compass’. Tax-payers? Or TCC rate-payers? Answers, please.


Posted on 12-06-2021 12:16 | By

Surely the trig could’ve stayed and save the expense of removing it and reinstalling it. New heights will need to be shot etc. Surely it would’ve made more sense to put the compass elsewhere up there. Same as removing the Oak trees that have for years stood their ground - work around them. Remember TCC, the mighty Oaks were once little nuts like you guys . . .