Dumping and vandalism tarnish Te Kuiti reserve

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Visitors to Te Kuiti’s Mangaokewa Reserve are being urged to report fly tipping, vandalism and suspicious behaviour as damage and dumping continue at a site sacred to local hapū.

The reserve is managed by DOC, and DOC’s Maniapoto District Operations Manager Graham Kimber says the persistent dumping and vandalism is increasingly frustrating.

“Mangaokewa Reserve is a sacred site for Ngāti Rora hapū, with the caves historically used as the final resting place for tīpuna,” Graham Kimber says.

“Ngāti Rora representatives have come to us with their concerns about how Mangaokewa Reserve is being treated by a small minority of people visiting – and those are concerns we share as responsible managers of this site.

Graham Kimber urges members of the public who witness vandalism or rubbish dumping at the reserve to report what they see to NZ Police or via the 0800 DOC HOT phone line. Details such as car registrations, descriptions of individuals and photographs are valuable evidence police can use, he says.

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