An Auckland man is the first person to be found guilty of flouting kauri dieback rules, Newshub reports. Kauri dieback disease has forced the closure of more than a hundred tracks across the Waitākere Ranges since 2018. Robert Armitstead made an appearance in the Waitākere District Court on Tuesday, where he was found to have violated Auckland Council’s Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw by walking on closed tracks three times in 2019. Armitstead was remanded and will reappear in the Waitākere District Court for sentencing on May 21.