Track closures to stop kauri dieback spread
Ten tracks will be temporarily closed while they are upgraded to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease.
The Department of Conservation is upgrading the tracks from November to March 2019. The work includes installing new gravelled tracks, fencing, boardwalks, stairways and a viewing platform.
DOC will be working with contractors on the following tracks — Lindemann to Cashmore Clearing, Lindemann loop track, Dickey Flat — Daly Clearing track, Mangakino pack track, Upper Waitawheta track, Waipapa track, Waiorongomai — low level track, Wharawhara tramway track, Waitengaue Stream track and Waitengaue to Upper Waitawheta track.
Tracks will be temporarily closed while they’re being upgraded to ensure the safety of the public and the contractors.
Jeff Milham, Operations Manager for Tauranga, said the upgrades will protect the forest’s most susceptible kauri from the spread of the disease.
He said the Kaimai kauri are part of local identity and culture. Reducing the risk of this incurable disease spreading through soil movement is a priority for the district.
“We are confident these measures will help protect atrisk kauri in the area as long as people do the right thing when the tracks reopen — which is to clean their footwear when visiting and to stay on the track.”
As part of the District’s protection protocol, the contractors and DOC’s Kauri Ranger team have participated in a cultural health and safety induction with the people of Nga¯ ti Te Wai.
The closure and opening dates for each track will be posted on DOC’s website as each is upgraded.
The Hakarimata summit track will also be temporarily closed in the Waikato.
The Tuahu kauri track at the end of Hot Springs Road has a boardwalk installed — an example of mitigation works that will be happening on some tracks in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, that will be temporarily closed.