Aotea Conservation Park

Aotea Conservation Park is a 12,300 hectare protected area on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf. It was established in 2015,[1][2] and comprises 43 percent of the island.[3]

Aotea Conservation Park
Photograph of Port Fitroy, taken on Mount Hobson
Port Fitroy, from Mount Hobson
New Zealand relief map
New Zealand relief map
Aotea Conservation Park
LocationAuckland Region, New Zealand
Nearest cityAuckland
Coordinates36°11′31″S 175°24′29″E / 36.192°S 175.408°E / -36.192; 175.408Coordinates: 36°11′31″S 175°24′29″E / 36.192°S 175.408°E / -36.192; 175.408
Area12,300 hectares (30,000 acres)
Established2015
Governing bodyDepartment of Conservation

The park includes various habitats including coastal bluffs and freshwater areas. It is home to kauri forest, pohutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa), kanuka (Kunzea ericoides), Great Barrier tree daisy (Olearia allomii), kaka, brown teal, spotless crake, fernbird, rare frogs, paua slugs and niho taniwha (chevron skink).[4][5]

It is the largest Department of Conservation park in the Auckland Region, similar in size to the Hunua Regional Park and Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. It is also the largest possum-free forest in New Zealand.[5]

HistoryEdit

A major storm in June and July 2014 delayed work to establish the park,[5] and survey the area for Kauri dieback.[6]

The park opened the following year in 2015.[1]

The Department of Conservation closed some tracks in the park between 2018 and 2020 due to Kauri dieback. The tracks were upgraded, and reopened in January 2020.[7]

Auckland Council and Ngāti Rehua Ngati Wai ki Aotea surveyed the park for Kauri dieback in November 2020.[6]

In the same month, a report by the Environmental Defence Society concluded the Department of Conservation had a "woeful lack of funding" to manage and protect the park.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Aotea Conservation Park Opens on Great Barrier Island". Hon. Nikki Kaye. New Zealand: New Zealand National Party. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  2. ^ "Appointments to the Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee - 2015-go7456 - New Zealand Gazette". gazette.govt.nz. New Zealand: Government of New Zealand. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  3. ^ "Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee". www.doc.govt.nz. Government of New Zealand.
  4. ^ "New Aotea Conservation Park approved". scoop.co.nz.
  5. ^ a b c "New conservation park for Great Barrier Island". New Zealand Media and Entertainment. APNZ.
  6. ^ a b "Kauri dieback survey set for Aotea". Auckland Council. Our Auckland. 30 October 2020.
  7. ^ Hutt, Kendall (16 January 2020). "Kauri dieback: Ten tracks reopen on Great Barrier Island". stuff.co.nz. Stuff Travel.
  8. ^ Neilson, Michael (1 December 2020). "Auckland's Hauraki Gulf islands at risk from development, lack of protection: 'Death by a thousand cuts'". New Zealand Media and Entertainment. New Zealand Herald.