Walking death: ‘entitled locals’ hiking New Zealand’s kauri trees into extinction

Rangers say refusal to obey trail closures are foiling their efforts to save the county’s oldest and most sacred trees from deadly fungus

A deadly fungal disease putting a treasured species of New Zealand native trees at risk of extinction has generated desperate attempts by Auckland park rangers to prevent the spread in what they believe is an “unprecedented” conservation effort globally.

But their efforts to bar hikers in areas most at risk of kauri dieback are foiled, they say, not by clueless tourists but by “entitled” locals who will not accept their favourite walking routes being disrupted.

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Walking death: ‘entitled locals’ hiking New Zealand’s kauri trees into extinction