Rahui placed on Okura bush

A rahui has been placed on the Okura Bush walkway because of kauri dieback.

At this stage the rahui is in force over the DOC land from Haigh Access Rd to Karepiro Beach.

The rahui ceremony was performed by iwi on May 12 at the Haigh Access entrance to the bush.

A rahui is a prohibition against a particular area or activity, typically in force temporarily to protect a resource. In this case, visitors are asked to respect the rahui by not walking through this part of the bush.

Friends of Okura Bush chair Lezette Reid says the bush has had kauri dieback in it for a long time and has not improved despite hygiene stations and track upgrades.

She says more track improvements are needed, but in the meantime the roots of kauri and other trees need to be protected.

Mud on people’s shoes is the vector for the disease.


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