Conservation Under Threat at Karikari Peninsula

Dec. 20, 2019, 3:34 p.m.

Conservation areas of high importance on the Karikari Peninsula were threatened last week as a fire raged through 130 hectares of scrub and native bush.

The accidental fire started by a car crashing into a power line caused serious damage and threatened homes. 

Operations Manager for the Department of Conservation in Kaitāia, DJ Neho said it was a collaborative effort that brought the fire under control.

“It’s been some time since we experienced a fire out here. We’re thankful for the training some of our crew have been a part of, it definitely helped. 

“Fire Safety NZ played a huge part in the efforts and we’re very thankful,” said Neho.

The area is home to a range of endemic flora and fauna as well as historical sites of significance.

Fire Safety NZ and Department of Conservation advise people visiting the area to check the fire danger levels to avoid the chance of another wildfire.


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