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Man sued for ignoring Kauri Rāhui wasting away in Waitākere Ranges

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A man from West Auckland who ignored the rules for kauri wasting has been convicted of breaking the law.

Photo: RNZ / Joanna MacKenzie

Robert Armitstead has been caught entering closed tracks in Auckland’s Waitākere Ranges on several occasions in 2019.

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He argued that the area he was in was not a park.

“It absolutely was,” said Rachel Kelleher, chief executive officer of environmental services at Auckland Council. Checkpoint.

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It was during routine compliance work that the man was located and spoken to, she said.

“We don’t want to go to these kinds of lawsuits, our preference is for people to do the right thing and what we are seeing is that most people are absolutely playing their part in helping us protect our beautiful forest from. kauri.

“But in situations like this, when you have a person who, despite the warnings, continued to access a closed area and showed no respect for the damage it might cause, then we want to ask them accounts.”

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As of April 2019, 139 people have received trespassing notices, Kelleher said.

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There are 21 trails which have been reopened since the closure in 2018. In total there are over 50 trails open in the beaches.

“Stick to the trails that are open.”

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