From today, the Kaipatiki Local Board is temporarily closing a number of bush tracks as a pre-emptive measure to help protect our vulnerable kauri trees from kauri dieback disease.
The tracks are likley to be closed for 3 to 6 months, and while they are closed, the tracks will be assessed and prioritised for upgrading or re-routing. Cleaning stations will also be installed where possible. The tracks will then be re-opened as soon as they are up to the new standard.
The following tracks are now temporarily closed:
* Birkenhead War Memorial Park – Track from Birkenhead Ave (via cemetery) to next two intersections closed.
* City View Reserve – Reserve closed.
* Chatswood Reserve – A number of tracks closed to protect high value kauri. Commuter route remains open.
* Fernglen Reserve – Tracks at entrance that contain large kauri are closed.
* Hadfield Street Reserve – Unofficial tracks in the upper part of reserve closed.
* Kauri Glen Reserve/Cecil Eady Reserve – A number of tracks closed, with school access route remaining open.
* Kauri Park – Reserve closed on 27/8/18. All tracks closed.
* Leigh Scenic Reserve – All tracks closed.
* Le Roys Bush Reserve – Track from Hinemoa Street and Le Roy Terrance to intersection with main track closed to provide protection for high-value kauri.
* Lynn Reserve – Track from Leigh Scenic Reserve to first intersection closed.
* Muriel Fisher Reserve – Reserve closed on 27/8/18. All tracks closed.
* Odin Place Reserve – Reserve closed.
* Rangatira Reserve – One unformed track closed to protect stand of mature kauri.
Other tracks are currently being assessed, so there could be further temporary closures.
North Shore Times Article:
Thankyou to Pest Free Kaipātiki and council officers who have been working hard to escalate the priority of protecting Kaipatiki reserves.
To help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease, please ensure that your shoes are clean of all dirt before you enter our bush reserves, and where possible, visit parks that do not have kauri trees. With the disease already detected at Kauri Park and Muriel Fisher Reserve, it is really important for us to take these measures to protect our native forests.