New Zealand Maori Tourism is applauding a plan to stop cars from driving to the top of Maungawhau or Mt Eden in Tamaki Makaurau.
A final decision will be made in April by the Maunga Authority, a Crown, council and iwi body which oversees Auckland's volcanic cones.
Maori Tourism chief executive Pania Tyson-Nathan said the policy would support the kaupapa of guardianship and hospitality.
She said it got to the core of what kaitiakitanga is, and she said she commended the authority on its approach.
Ms Tyson-Nathan said in tourism, they talked about two key things: manaakitanga (hospitality) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship).
She said the plan was the essence of what kaitiakitanga was all about.