A massive upgrade of our kauri bush tracks is on its way!
The Shore Action team is very proud that on Wednesday we allocated over $7 million from the Natural Environment Targeted Rate fund to upgrading bush tracks across Kaipātiki to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. That’s about 50% of the total kauri budget available for local board parks.
We’ve added this to $2 million of funding that we already had allocated, bringing the total to around $9 million!
We have been very hot on protecting our kauri and upgrading tracks this term: we pre-emptively closed bush tracks near kauri; we got council staff to work directly with our restoration volunteer groups to use local knowledge and expertise to identify vulnerable kauri and new track routes; and Danielle Grant and I advocated directly to the Mayor and councillors for additional funding for the Kaipātiki area, which has now come through.
Below are the parks that will be receiving track upgrades to mitigate against kauri dieback disease:
- Birkenhead War Memorial Park (option 2 plus closure of section 17)
- Chatswood Reserve (option 3 plus upgrade of section 6)
- Chelsea Estate Heritage Park (option 2)
- Eskdale Reserve Network (option 2)
- Fernglen Native Plant Gardens Reserve (option 3)
- Kauri Glen Reserve & Cecil Eady Reserve (option 2)
- Leigh Scenic Reserve & Lynn Reserve (option 3 as requested by the public meeting in Bayview)
- Rangatira Reserve (option 2)
- Soldier’s Bay Accessway (option 2)
We also confirmed the indefinite closure of Kauri Park and Muriel Fisher Reserve which have confirmed cases of kauri dieback disease.