From today, the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and 10 higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are closed.
Auckland Council has implemented the closures after deciding last month to close these areas by 1 May 2018 to prevent the spread of, and protect against, kauri dieback disease.
Controlled Area Notices
Controlled Area Notices have also been introduced today by the Ministry for Primary Industries across currently open tracks within the forested area of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and all of the native forest area of the Hunua Ranges regional parkland.
Controlled Area Notices (CANs) apply across currently open areas in both regional parks. CANs are a mechanism under the Biosecurity Act, in this case requiring any person entering the Controlled Areas to have no visible soil on their footwear or equipment. The CANs also make the use of all hygiene stations encountered mandatory. All visible soil should be removed upon exiting tracks.
Aucklanders will begin to see new signs and barriers on tracks and compliance officers monitoring the closures and controlled areas in both parks. This will increase over coming weeks.
Waitākere Ranges Regional Park
The closure of the forested area of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park is included within the rāhui placed by Te Kawerau a Maki over the wider Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area. The rāhui remains in place.
Auckland Council has worked closely with Te Kawerau a Maki on the closed area and the exceptions for tracks to be kept open, under a Controlled Area Notice.
Auckland Council initially consulted on 44 tracks that were proposed to remain open. As of today, just over half of the tracks are open.
Upon review in late April, some tracks were not up to the required standard and the opening of some tracks is subject to improved hygiene stations being installed.
The condition of a number of tracks has also been impacted by recent storm events, including treefalls and surfaces being damaged in some places. Some additional work is now required to ensure these tracks can open as soon as possible and that people using them will be able to meet the Controlled Area Notice standards.
Further track openings will be confirmed once tracks are upgraded to agreed standards.
Hunua Ranges Regional Park
10 higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are now closed. Auckland Council has worked with mana whenua Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Whanaunga, Ngāti Pāoa and Ngāti Tamaoho, who are supportive of these closures to protect the health of the forest.
These measures are to prevent the introduction of the disease into the park, where kauri dieback remains undetected. A Controlled Area Notice is also in place across the native forest area of the park and adjoining Department of Conservation-administered lands
A list of current track closures and further information is available at the Auckland Council website. This will be updated regularly.
Read more on OurAuckland
We have also published a What you need to know article on the closures.
Thank you for your continued interest and engagement in this important issue.
Kauri Dieback Project Team