Read­ers View: Kauri Dieback

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In ref­er­ence to an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Jan­uary Is­sue No 240 page 12 called “Walk­ing through the Cas­cade Kauri For­est”, and a reader’s com­ment in the April edi­tion Is­sue No 243 re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle.

Our club would like to clar­ify two points.

Firstly, the ar­ti­cle your reader is re­fer­ring to in the Jan­uary 2018 is­sue of your mag­a­zine was writ­ten by a vis­i­tor to our club on the walk for the day. This walk took place in Jan­uary 2017 al­most a year be­fore the rahui was put in place.

Se­condly, when the rahui was im­ple­mented our club agreed to fully sup­port it and can­celled all our walks in the af­fected ar­eas.

We have al­ways pro­tected kauri by ei­ther us­ing the clean­ing sta­tions pro­vided or car­ry­ing our own spray.

Our club par­tic­i­pated in the re­cent Auck­land Coun­cil sur­vey re­gard­ing fur­ther pro­posed Waitakere track clo­sures and em­pha­sised the need for up­grad­ing tracks to kauri-safe stan­dards, more ro­bust ed­u­ca­tion of the pub­lic re­gard­ing clean­ing boots be­fore and af­ter walk­ing and in­stalling more ef­fi­cient clean­ing sta­tions in the fight against kauri dieback. Derek Nel­son, Pres­i­dent Auck­land Nat­u­ral His­tory Club Inc. www.auck­land­nat­u­ral­his­to­ryclub. org

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