Western Leader : July 10th 2012
www.aucklandnow.co.nz Tuesday, July 10, 2012 836 1731 371 GREAT NORTH ROAD (OPP. WESTFIELD MALL) NEWMARKET 09 49 Remuera Rd (Opp. Dick Smith) Free Parking OREWA 09 426 5022 HILLARY SQUARE, 12 FLORENCE AVE (NEXT TO AA CENTRE) Est. 1978 * All glasses have one year manufa Complete Glasses HENDERSON 09 522 1283 acture warranty * 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed $69 from * Offer includes frame and single vision stock lenses Co • Full eye exam fee $59 applies if no glasses are purchased at the time of eye exam • Offer ends on the 18th July 2012 Member on NZ Association of Optometrists ditions: ond l f $59 li if l h d tth ti f F lFREE EYE EXAM *WITH GLASSES PURCHASED 4071988AO On a mission: Shaun Collins wants to share his love for the trail with more runners. Spectacular trail: Runners make their way along the scenic Hillary Trail which is the proposed site for New Zealand's newest ultra-running event. By VANITA PRASAD blazer A trailblazer BEAUTIFUL bush trails, beach and coastal gorse tracks make the Hillary Trail a blissful challenge for adventure runner Shaun Collins. The Laingholm man has run the 75km trail through the Waitakere Ranges and back in 29.5 hours and knows it well. Now he wants to share his love for the trail with more runners. He's seeking Auckland Coun- cil consent to hold an adventure race along the Hillary Trail. But getting the com- munity to approve the idea is proving to be a different challenge. Mr Collins held a meeting at the Arataki Visitors Centre on July 2 for stakeholders in the area. His plan for The Hillary'' to be New Zealand's newest ultra- running event met a mixed response. The race, proposed for next April, would involve a maximum of 500 com- petitors tackling either 80km, 36km or 16km distances along the trail which spans from Arataki to Muriwai. Mr Collins says only 130 competitors would be allowed to run the full 80km to minimise the impact on the first leg of the trail where Kauri dieback is a problem. The deadly disease is killing kauri trees in Auckland. Tracks in the Waitakere Ranges have been closed to try and halt the spread of the disease but the trail remains open. Mr Collins says fears over runners spreading kauri dieback on their shoes is one of the main reasons people oppose the race. Waitakere Ranges Protection Society presi- dent John Edgar says the race should be postponed until the dis- ease threat has gone. We're asking Auck- land Council to take a cautious approach. If it wasn't for dieback I don't think we'd be opposing it but the reality is that 11 per cent of kauri in the ranges are dying and they'll be dead soon. No tree has ever survived the disease and 65 per cent of the infected trees are along walking tracks so it's pretty clear humans are a factor,'' Mr Edgar says. But Mr Collins says the event would educate runners about the environmental threat and require them to use footbaths approved by the council's biosecurity team. Footbaths will be positioned based on the audit of the infected kauri. These footbaths will be manned meaning 100 per cent coverage of all participants com- pared to the 20 to 30 per cent coverage of general public use of footwash stations at the moment. The Trigene wash is proven to be very effec- tive in killing the spores. We've been using this approach for our events in the Waitakere Ranges for three years or so.'' Council regional and specialist parks manager Mace Ward says a num- ber of factors including environmental sustain- ability will be considered before the council decides on the proposed race. The Waitakere Ranges and the Hillary Trail are there to be enjoyed by all visitors to the park. As managers of both parkland and trail we are charged with provid- ing public access for rec- reation and protecting the natural values of the area. This requires a balanced approach and we have the appropriate application process in place to make an informed decision on whether to hold an event of this nature in the Wai- takere Ranges.'' People can make submissions on the event before it goes to the Parks Recreation and Heritage Forum in August. Email annette.camp- ion@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz before July 20 to make a submission.
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