Ka whakapuarehia anō ētahi atu ara hīkoi i Te Wao nui a Tiriwa

Regan Paranihi

Nā te iwi i te uru o Tāmaki, nā Te Kawerau a Maki i whakarāhui Te Wao nui a Tiriwa i te tau 2008 i te putanga o tētahi rīpoata nā te kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau e pā ana ki te urutā haere o te mate patu kauri.

Nō tērā wā, kua toipoto te mahi tahi a te Kaunihera me te iwi ki te whakamātūtū haere i ngā ara hīkoi ngahere, me kore e kaupare ai i te hōrapa haere o te mate nei.

Heoi e ai ki a Stu Leighton, kaiwhakahaere i ngā mahi ārai i te mate patu kauri ki Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki, kei te mau tonu te mate ki Te Wao nui a Tiriwa. 

"We don't really know all the answers yet, we don't know necessarily the potential impact of it. So some of the early indications are that it can be devastating. Kauri is now been shifted to now being threatened species the potential impact of Kauri dieback. Until the science can give us more surety we're really asking people to be really cautious and we're taking an extremely cautionary approach."

E mahi tahi ana te Kaunihera me te iwi ki te whakarauora i ēnei rākau Māori.

"We've worked with mana whenua and we've identified areas of the forest that they're comfortable with having tracks back in that's been done in partnership with them and also our biosecurity team who have looked at areas of highest risk and lowest risk. We've done public consultation on that track plan and now we're busy implementing it."

Ka tīmata te tipu o tēnei mate ki ngā pakiaka o ēnei rākau Māori, ā, hei tā tēnei Manurau o te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau, mā te mārama ki te mate nei, ka mōhio me pēhea te whakatika.

"We don't know what we don't know let's list the usual science argument and assume the worst-case scenario and work backwards from that until we've got greater clarity and that could potentially change some of the ways we manage the place."

Ko Hine Raumati tēnā e kainamu mai ana, ā me mataara ngā tāngata pōkai whenua i a rātau e hīkoi ana i ēnei ngahere.

"As long as people are sticking to the tracks that are open that, we've upgraded, that they're using the hygiene stations that are in place and they're taking that step to make sure that they come to the forest with clean gear and just follow the rules."

Ko te whakatuwhera anō i ngā ara hīkoi e kikini ana ki te ngākau o tēnei Manurau.

"Its always a really good time when we do reopen a track cause we know there are lots of people kind of really keen to get back into the forest."

E titiro ana te kaunihera ki te whakapuare anō i ētahi ara hīkoi e whitu i Waitakere hei te wā raumati.