Track clo­sures to stop kauri dieback spread

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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.

PHOTO / CRAVE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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.

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