The first phase of the latest pest control operation in the Hunua Ranges parkland, neighbouring Department of Conservation (DOC) administered land and some private land, has started, Auckland Council reports. The Hunua Ranges, Waharau and Whakatiwai regional parks and tracks within the neighbouring DOC reserves are closed while the pre-feed application is carried out and will reopen once it has been completed in a couple of days. When the toxic bait is applied, the parkland will remain closed to enable a track clearance programme to be completed.