At its decision to close forested areas of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Auckland Council has also agreed to close higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park in order to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.
The tracks will be closed from 1 May 2018. Council said these measures aim to prevent the introduction of the disease into the park, where it has not yet been detected.
“The management of kauri dieback disease has been one of the most complex and challenging issues that Auckland Council has been faced with,” said Councillor Penny Hulse, who chairs the Environment and Community committee. Auckland Council has been working with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) on Controlled Area Notices (CANs) in both the Hunua and Waitakere Ranges.
Under the arrangements being developed, open areas in the Waitakere and Hunua forests will become Controlled Areas under the Biosecurity Act, and anyone using them will need to comply with the instructions at cleaning stations and park entrances.
A CAN comes with enforcement tools, including prosecution, if people fail to comply. Compliance with these CANs will be enforced by Auckland Council, while MPI will monitor the CAN’s implementation, including people’s use of hygiene stations.