There is a continued activity in the public arena in relation to kauri protection measures that is useful for us all to try to keep track of. 

For more information on the discussions and bviews, join one of both of the following Facebook groups

Auckland Track Users Forum - link here

Waitakere Track Opening Feedback - link here

It is also interesting to compare the DOC progress in doing  and communicating what they feel they need to do, vs the laborious track upgrade progress being achieved by Auckland Council. Refer the KRT website - link here - for what DOC is doing in the northern Kaimai Forest Park.

Recent Updates

15/05/2019 A Radio NZ interview involving Racjel Kelleher (Auckland Regional Parks) and James Dickinson (Waitakeres resident rep following the release of the Auckland Council report on the WRRP Track Plan - link here

15/05/2019 Auckland Council published a report summarising the consultation feedback on the draft Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Track Plan - link here

10/04/2019 ATC provided supplementary feedback to MPI following their request for feedback on proposed national track standards for kauri protection purposes - see attachment

17/03/2019 ATC provided a submission to MPI as part of their consultation round 3 on their long term Kauri management Plan

07/03/2019 ATC provided a submission to Auckland Council on their Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Track Plan

07/03/2019 The Auckland Track users Forum (to which ATC is affiliated) provided a submission to Auckland Council on their Waitakere Ranges regional Park Track Plan

18/10/2018      DOC provided a response to ATC for our submission on the proposed track closures in all areas. Refer attached documents (3)

17/10/2018    DOC has advised decisions re Kaimai Kauri Tracks - see attached documents (in response to Kaimai Ridgeway Trusat submission on Kaimai track closures)

17/10/2018    Auckland Council has provided an email newsletter - see attached document

Further Information

An important information source is the MPI Kauri Dieback website - https://www.kauridieback.co.nz/ , espeically the Science and Research pages, which include quite a number of links to important research on the topic. We have requested an update to the kauri survey data mapping to better appreciate the areas of healthy vs unhealthy kauri

Recently Auckland Council ran a very informative presentation and discussion session involving key kauri scientists at the Auckland Botanic Gardens - Aroha Kauri Day . Unfortunately this was not publicised very well in advance, but there is a Facebook link containing some of the presentatiions. The scientists presenting had good research based information and were definitely listening to questions from the floor.

That event also addressed a change recently noticed in public announcements in the status of phosphite treatment - previously considered a stopgap measure, it has now become a medium term cure, if used in the correct quanity - not too much and not too little

Another positive development is as reported on One News recently in relation of the ability of pine needles to greatly simplifying the (soil) testing process to assess what is / isn't affected. Refer this link 

Recently I attended a Kaimai related meeting with DOC and a person who represents quite a number of Kaimai iwi. The strong message from the iwi representative was they are really keen to limit access to kauri forests so that the disease is not introduced from other areas, and it is quite possible that some areas of the Kaimai will also get a rahui in place where there are special kauri tracks. As usual it is hard to present a broader view, but that is what we are doing in the ATC and KRT submissions to DOC in relation to their proposed closures from the northern Kaimai, Coromandel and north of Auckland.

The whole topic does not get any easier to discuss, given the need for any view to have some very solid information from which to work. There is understanding that the disease’s spread is caused by a number of factors, and while not being the only issue, the carrying of soil from one area to another – via people or animals or equipment – is one of the factors to control – somehow.

But there other factors involved too, and sometimes peoples' views are heavily one sided one way or another ....

A number of submissions and other documents are attached

Tony Walton