Kauri dieback in the Waitākeres
Local iwi, Te Kawerau ā Maki, placed a rāhui ( a customary ban), on the Waitākere Ranges in December last year in a bid to combat kauri dieback disease which is being spread by park users. The Auckland City Council has now voted to close all walking tracks to the public from 1 May 2018, aligning them with the rāhui.
At National Office, we recognise that many Award Units use the Waitākere Ranges for their Adventurous Journey activities. While we are not in the practice of banning locations, we certainly encourage Award Units to respect the rāhui and fully assess the impact of their location choices when undertaking the planning, training and execution of their Adventurous Journeys.