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Auckland Grammar Rockwall (Quarry) – Climbing Access

Daniel Krippner climbing at the AGS Rockwall. Photo by John Palmer

Recent media over the closure of Auckland’s premier rock climbing venue, the Auckland Grammar Rockwall (or Quarry, as many know it), has highlighted the fragile state of climber access to public and private land throughout New Zealand. It is trite to say that, without access to climbing areas, climbing becomes even more challenging. Access issues can arise for a range of reasons but there are some all too common threads: lack of/loss of landowner or manager relationship, “Health & safety” issues, use of fixed anchors, competing commercial interests and climber behaviour.

The last member survey revealed that members consider the Club to have an important role in advocating for climbing access. The Recreational Access Committee was re-established in 2015 and, under the careful stewardship of Shane Orchard, has embarked on a significant access work programme, principally aimed at advocating for members on key national park management plans and issues. And the effort is already paying dividends, with an excellent ‘pro rock climbing development’ outcome achieved in the recent Paparoa National Park management plan review.

In addition, president-elect John Palmer has established a rock climbing/cragging group, which has set about supporting local climbers with access issues arising at their local crags (such as the Quarry) as well as reforming the Club’s standard documentation relating to rock climbing conduct and practices.

Sadly, as climbing becomes ever more popular, access issues are not going to go away. The Club is, therefore, looking at ways that it can apply more resources in this area – watch this space.

Access update March 2018

Posted: 03/08/17

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

Posted: 11/06/15

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

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Auckland City Council – Animal Pest Control Operation

We wish to advise you that between the 16th of March 2015 and 19th of June 2015 Auckland Council will be carrying out feral goat control in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The control is part of an annual programme to reduce goat numbers and protect the high conservation value of the park. The programme is proving to be successful but requires an ongoing commitment to maintain low goat numbers within the Regional Park

Control will be carried out by contracted professional hunters using dogs and rifles. Helicopters will not be used as part of this operation.

The park has been divided into 2 hunting areas (see attached map) which will be closed to the public weekdays whilst control occurs. Signs will be placed at track entry points including car parks and arrival zones to inform visitors of the animal pest control operation and any closures.

Please note all campgrounds will be closed Sunday night to Friday night inclusive. Campgrounds are closed so that there is no public access through the hunting areas whilst they are operative.

Control work will not be carried out on weekends or public holidays and the park will be open as normal during these times.

Please see the attachment below, with schedule and map, for a complete list of area, track and campground closures.

For enquiries regarding recreational activities during this operation, please contact The Auckland Council Call Centre on 09 3010101, and ask for the Southern Regional Parks office.

For enquiries regarding the operation itself, please contact: Ron Matthews, Biosecurity Team Manager, Central/South on 09 261 8002 or 021 945 960.

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RECALL 2014-2015 editions, North and South Island Rock Deluxe, Castle Hill and Wanaka Guidebooks

Spectrum Print have issued a recall of four recently published climbing guidebooks. A production issue that resulted in some of those books having poor binding quality has been identified. Three NZAC guidebooks have been affected: Rock Deluxe North, Wanaka Rock(2014) and Rock Deluxe (South Island, 2015); as well as the recent new edition of The Comprehensive Castle Hill Climbing Guide.

If you have purchased any of these four guidebooks, either online or from a retailer, please return the front cover page to: NZAC, PO Box 786, Christchurch 8140. Please enclose details of where the guidebook was purchased, your name, email and a courier address that we can send your replacement copy to.

All the guides are expected to be reprinted during April with replacements going out as soon as possible after that.

We sincerely apologise for the disruption this has caused and hope that you will bear with us while we work through this issue. Thank you.

–  the team at Spectrum Print

Posted: 14/04/15

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