October 17, 2018
Tracks closed to protect Kauri
The Department of Conservation will close 21 tracks to help prevent the spread of Kauri dieback.
Another 10 tracks will be partially closed and the open sections upgraded to eliminate wet and muddy sections of track and better protect the roots of Kauri trees.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says as there is no proven cure for Kauri dieback, the best way to protect kauri is to slow and stop the disease from spreading.
The tracks are in Kaitaia, the Kauri Coast of Northland, Whangarei, on Aotea/Great Barrier, in Hauraki, Waikato, and Tauranga.
The track closures are permanent but may be reconsidered if additional science and other information provide certainty public access would not cause any risk to Kauri.
DOC is consulting with iwi and local communities and iwi on whether to upgrade, close or partially close remaining tracks on Kauri land.
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