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WAITĀKERE RANGES CLOSED TO PROTECT KAURI

WAITĀKERE RANGES CLOSED TO PROTECT KAURI

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, Forest & Bird and the Friends of Regional Parks are delighted that Auckland Council has worked constructively and in partnership with Te Kawerau ā Maki to agree the final shape of the closure of the Waitākere Ranges. This closure, which takes effect from 1 May 2018, reflects respect… More

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

Image: One of the trees, a houpara, in its new location in Teal Park (image: Auckland Transport/ Auckland Council) PRESS RELEASE: THE TREE COUNCIL. For immediate release – 15 January 2018 Last week a group of protesters occupied part of a planted median strip on Quay Street, from where 14 young Pohutukawa are being transplanted to… More

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WAITĀKERE RANGES CLOSED TO PROTECT KAURI

WAITĀKERE RANGES CLOSED TO PROTECT KAURI

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society, Forest & Bird and the Friends of Regional Parks are delighted that Auckland Council has worked constructively and in partnership with Te Kawerau ā Maki to agree the final shape of the closure of the Waitākere Ranges.

This closure, which takes effect from 1 May 2018, reflects respect for the rāhui placed by Te Kawerau on 2 December and is intended to protect kauri for future generations. All forested areas of the Regional Park will be closed apart from a limited number of 31 kauri safe tracks (attached). These tracks have been subjected to a joint audit by Te Kawerau, Auckland Council Biosecurity and Parks staff and are jointly agreed to currently meet the standard of the Controlled Area Notice of “no soil on footwear” so that they can remain open.

Te Kawerau and Auckland Council remain in discussions regarding 2 further tracks and anticipate further “rolling openings” in future as tracks are upgraded to meet the standard.

“We would like to thank Auckland Council for working in genuine partnership with Te Kawerau ā Maki regarding the details of the closure” said The Tree Council’s Secretary Mels Barton. “We hope this is the start of a constructive and productive relationship based on mutual trust and respect and care for the protection of our forests.”

“People using the open tracks must remember that they will be required to comply with all hygiene precautions by using cleaning stations effectively to ensure they have no soil on their footwear in order to comply with the Controlled Area Notice provisions” said Waitakere Ranges Protection Society President John Edgar. “Monitoring and enforcement by Auckland Council will be in place to ensure this happens from 1 May.”

“It is really important that everyone sticks to the track surface and never go off track” says Forest & Bird’s Regional Manager for Auckland Nick Beveridge. “In fact we encourage everyone to stay away from all kauri forests throughout New Zealand until similar upgrades have been made in order to protect kauri and the rest of the forest ecosystem for future generations.”

“Anyone wanting to work in the forest can apply for a warrant to do so from Te Kawerau ā Maki” says Forest & Bird Waitakere Chair Annalily van den Broeke. “This system is already working well to ensure warranted workers are complying with all the precautions needed to protect kauri and continue with our important work to control pests.”

Anyone wishing to help keep tracks open by joining the Waitākere Rāhui Audit team can do so by emailing info@waitakererahui.org.nz or via the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/waitakererahui/

 

List of 31 tracks agreed by Te Kawerau ā Maki to be open as of 1 May 2018:

 

Forest Tracks

Lookout Track (Arataki Visitor Centre)

Marawhara Walk (Whites Track is closed) (Piha)

Service Roads

Huia Dam Road (to dam only) (Watercare)

Pipeline Road & part of Pipeline Track (Watercare)

Upper Nihotupu Dam Road (Watercare) and Upper Nihotupu Walk

Waitakere Dam Walk

Exhibition Drive Walk (Watercare) 

Non-Forested Tracks

Anawhata Beach Track

Cave Rock Track

Laird Thompson Track

Lion Rock Track

Long Road Track (partial – from road end to where paddock meets forest)

McLachlan Monument Track

Rose Track

Signal House Track

Spraggs Monument Track

Tasman Lookout Track

Te Henga Walkway (DOC)

Kakamatua Beach Walk

Lake Wainamu Track (eastern side) 

Mercer Bay Loop Track

Additional Non-Forested Tracks

Huia lookout track

Tracks at Hinge Bay beach (Huia)

Track to Whatipu beach

Whatipu caves track

Track to bench seat at Pukehuhu only (do not continue along Omanawanui track)(Whatipu)

Whatipu coastal walk

Pohutakawa glade walk (Karekare)

Track down stream to beach (Karekare)

Tunnel point track (Karekare)

Track to beach from carpark (Te Henga)

 

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

QUAY STREET POHUTUKAWA

Image: One of the trees, a houpara, in its new location in Teal Park (image: Auckland Transport/ Auckland Council) PRESS RELEASE: THE TREE COUNCIL. For immediate release – 15 January 2018 Last week a group of protesters occupied part of a planted median strip on Quay Street, from where 14 young Pohutukawa are being transplanted to… Continue Reading

YELLOW POHUTUKAWA SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS

YELLOW POHUTUKAWA SAVED FOR CHRISTMAS

    The Tree Council is delighted to announce that the Yellow Pohutukawa at 3 Church Street, Mangere Bridge will remain to flower for many Christmases to come. It was planned to be removed by Auckland Transport to make way for a bus shelter. On the day of the removal a passing naturalist who knew… Continue Reading

Waitākere Rāhui

Waitākere Rāhui

We would like to take this opportunity to explain to you why The Tree Council is supporting the rāhui about to be placed on the Waitakere Ranges by the mana whenua Te Kawerau a Maki to protect kauri against kauri dieback. The purpose of the rāhui is to remove people from the area to prevent… Continue Reading

New Tree App Launched

New Tree App Launched

The Tree Council launched its new mobile phone App at its AGM on 12 October 2017. The Agile Cloud App has been designed by Steven MacLeod and enables the public to record trees and tree loss. To download the App for your smartphone visit the Google Play Store (it is only currently available for Android… Continue Reading

Open Letter re Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road

Open Letter re Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road

To: His Worship the Mayor Phil Goff, CEO Stephen Town cc: Chris Darby, Chair Planning Committee Penny Hulse, Chair Community and Environment Committee Ross Clow, Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland, Chair Whau Local Board Media Sunday 10 September 2017   Removal of Scheduled Pecan Trees at 121 Avondale Road The Tree Council and local residents… Continue Reading

CLOSE THE RANGES TO SAVE WAITAKERE KAURI

CLOSE THE RANGES TO SAVE WAITAKERE KAURI

The Tree Council, Waitakere Ranges Protection Society and Forest & Bird stand with Te Kawerau a Maki in calling for a rāhui and closure of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in response to the monitoring figures from Auckland Council’s latest survey of kauri dieback infection.   The results from the Waitakere Ranges have confirmed their… Continue Reading

Hurstmere Rd Pohutukawa Saved

The Tree Council has been notified that consent has been refused to remove a scheduled pohutukawa tree at 270 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna. We made submissions and attended the hearing on 8 June 2017. The tree is one of a group of four scheduled pohutukawa at the property. The commissioners agreed that the tree and its… Continue Reading

Plant movement must stop

Plant movement must stop

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. “In order to contain the disease it is vital for the current outbreaks in Kerikeri, Taranaki, Te… Continue Reading


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