The second phase of this season’s pest control operation in the Hunua Ranges parkland, neighbouring Department of Conservation administered land reserves and some private land, has begun, says Auckland Council. Aerial application of bait containing sodium fluoroacetate, 1080, covered the first block of the 21,500 hectares of forest. The Hunua Ranges, Waharau and Whakatiwai regional parks and tracks within the neighbouring Mangatawhiri and Vining reserves (DOC land) are all closed to the public.