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DOC permanently closes 21 tracks due to Kauri Dieback

October 17, 2018

The Department of Conservation (DOC) will permanently close 21 tracks to prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

The closures will affect tracks in Kaitaia, the Kauri Coast, Whangārei, on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, in Hauraki, Waikato, and Tauranga.

An additional 10 tracks will also be partially closed and the open sections upgraded to eliminate wet and muddy sections of track and better protect the roots of kauri trees.

There is currently no proven cure for kauri dieback. At the moment the best way to protect the kauri tree is to slow and stop the disease from spreading.

The decision was made after public consultation, which showed most favoured closure.

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1

hi this is sad.

3

Its makes sense that they are closing it but... how do they catch a disease?

4

at least the trees did not die out

5

so sad

6

YAYYA

7

i am so sad

8

I USED TO walk here were will i walk now
OH...... right the ground......

9

hopefully it slows down

10

so sad 🙁

11

yeah wut a shame

12

what a shame