Read about Controlled Areas to protect Kauri trees from disease caused by the PA pathogen - Phytophthora agathidicida, commonly known as 'kauri dieback'.
What is a Controlled Area?
A Controlled Area is declared using a Controlled Area Notice, or CAN, which is issued under section 131 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.
In a Controlled Area, there are certain things you must do when visiting to help stop the spread of disease to kauri trees.
There are Controlled Areas in place in the Auckland region:
- on certain open tracks in the Waitākere Ranges
- in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve in the Waitākere Ranges
- in parts of the Hunua Ranges.
To find out about the rules for each area above, view maps and find out more about CANs, go to the Biosecurity New Zealand website. Controlled Areas to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease | Biosecurity | NZ Government (mpi.govt.nz)
Which tracks are open in areas with Controlled Area Notices?
There may be open tracks or closed tracks in a Controlled Area:
- To find out more about which tracks are open in the Waitākere Ranges and the Hunua Ranges, go to the Auckland Council website. Protect our kauri trees (aucklandcouncil.govt.nz)
- To find out more about which tracks are open in the Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve in the Waitākere Ranges, go to the Department of Conservation website. Goldie Bush Walkway: Muriwai and Te Henga area, Auckland region (doc.govt.nz)
To express your views about track closures or CANs, please contact the landowner or manager.
What are the rules for Controlled Areas?
Signs explain what you must do when entering or leaving a Controlled Area.
The rules may vary from area to area. You should check the rules for each area before you go. In general:
- To help you comply, you must also use all cleaning stations that you come across.
- You must also follow any instructions at the site.
- The movement of goods, such as footwear and equipment, within Controlled Areas may be restricted. For example, they must be clean or, in some cases, they may be banned outright. Any moveable personal property can be a controlled good.
Who can issue a Controlled Area Notice, or CAN?
Only Tiakina Kauri, or the Chief Technical Officer of Biosecurity New Zealand, MPI, have the authority to issue a CAN which means people must follow rules in certain areas to help stop the spread of disease to kauri trees.
A Controlled Area and its rules are established using a CAN which is issued under section 131 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.
You may be prosecuted if you don't comply with the rules of a CAN. There may be video surveillance in the area.