Why do tracks close to protect kauri?
Land owners and managers may close tracks to:
- better protect kauri trees when an area is judged as at high risk of infection spreading
- upgrade the track to better protect kauri roots, for example with boardwalks or fences
- add or improve cleaning stations
- reduce the spread of mud in wet weather.
Mana whenua – Māori with the right to make decisions about an area – may restrict public access to an area to protect kauri. This protective restriction on an area of land or water, or on a resource, is often called a rāhui.
Please respect track closures and rāhui – they are vital to the protection of kauri.
Land owners and managers may also issue a Controlled Area Notice, which means people must follow rules in certain areas to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.
Read more about Controlled Area Notices.
Who decides to close tracks?
The land owner or manager makes the decision to close a track – for instance the Department of Conservation, mana whenua or a regional council.
Biosecurity New Zealand, which is part of MPI, is a partner in the Kauri Dieback Programme but it does not manage land and does not decide to close tracks.
To find out about track closures or express your views, please contact the land owner or manager.