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North Island cachers need to be aware of a serious danger currently threatening Kauri trees throughout the North Island. This information link https://www.kauridieback.co.nz/ has details of the problem and what you can do to minimise the spread of the disease. For cache owners, it is important NOT to go off the track to place caches in certain forests.
Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone.
The Manager of Community and Customer Services for Crown Property, within Land Information New Zealand has been consulted and advised about geocaching and has no issues for having geocaches placed within the Flat Lands Red Zone, but the Port Hills Red Zone is out of bounds (This area has been zoned red because of the life risk posed by rock fall and/or cliff collapse, and land slips. Please note this is an extremely dangerous area for the general public – there are natural hazards present and heavy machinery may be in use.)
A Map of the red zones is available here, and the RedZone is a layer that can be added to the map.
Caches within the Flat Lands Red Zone are to have this text added to the listing.
‘This geocache is placed within the Christchurch Flat Lands Residential Red Zone. Please follow all warning signs that you may come across. It there are areas that are fenced off with no access, then this is for a reason. There are to be no motorised vehicles (cars, motorbikes etc) used to travel through the Red Zone land or on roads where barriers are in place. People used to live in these areas, so please be respectful when in the Red Zone.’
Power boxes, poles and wires
Please be aware that there are current local discussions underway with power and telecommunication companies about geocaches like this being hidden on their property (boxes, poles and wires). There are some concerns that people are and could be accidentally damaging these during their hunt. Therefore to prevent this from happening we are encouraging all CO's to ensure their caches can be spotted by eye/ feather touch and there are clear descriptions in the hints to prevent any harm. There are concerns if action is not taken now, all known and future caches on these could be banned - as in many other countries. Please help us in avoiding this by rethinking your hide/description.
Contact regional reviewers to see if information is available.