A rāhui has been placed over the Waitākere Ranges by Te Kawerau ā Maki.
This cultural restriction by the mana whenua of the area urges people to stay away from the Ranges to allow the forest to heal.
The Environment and Community Committee of Auckland Council met this month to look at options for the management of kauri dieback in the Waitākere Ranges area.
Following this, a number of tracks in the Waitākere area have been closed to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. The council’s website has more information on these track closures.
The council supports the principles of the rāhui and asks that people planning a bush walk or hike this summer consider using a park outside of the Waitākere Ranges (and if using an open track in the Ranges, to be careful and stay on the track).
More information on Auckland’s regional parks can be found on the council’s website.
Please remember that tracks are often closed to protect healthy trees – protection that’s vital for the future of kauri. Find out more about how you can help save kauri.