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Greymouth Operations Manager Shane Hall said the man had spent the previous night at the Moonlight Tops Hut and admitted that he knew the track was shut. He said he wanted to complete it anyway, passing “Do not Proceed” signs along the way.
“It’s really disappointing that this person ignored the closure of this sectioning an active construction site, he put himself and our contractors at risk."
A law enforcement investigation into this breach is underway and could result in a prosecution. Entering a closed area on public conservation land is an offence under the
Conservation Act. Breaches of the Conservation Act can result in a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 1 year’s imprisonment.