Council won't close Waitakere ranges

Auckland Council will not close the Waitakere Ranges completely to stop Kauri dieback, despite it being the best option to stop the spread of the disease.  

Instead it has backed the local iwi's rāhui, and will close high and medium-risk tracks and introduce more decontamination stations. 

The decision has angered local iwi and conservation groups who say the decision means Kauri will continue to be decimated.

One million people visit the Waitakere Ranges every year. 

They are largely responsible for spreading Kauri dieback which has doubled in the past five years in the Waitakere Ranges. It's now the worst affected area in the country. 

Local iwi placed a rāhui over the Waitakere Ranges on Saturday.