Doing more to protect kauri

 

Kauri dieback continues to spread through kauri areas. Measures introduced to protect kauri for future generations are:

  1. Controlled Area Notices (CANs)
  2. Accelerating Protection for Kauri project
  3. Development of a National Kauri Dieback Management Plan (NKDMP)

Controlled Area Notices (CANs)

You can help save our kauri. There are Controlled Area Notices in place on certain open tracks in the Waitākere Ranges, in Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve, and parts of the Hunua Ranges. This has been carried out under Section 131 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. The Controlled Areas are open for use, but there are rules to help stop the spread of kauri dieback.

You cannot take footwear, equipment or other items with any visible soil into the Controlled Area in the Hunua Ranges, or into or out of Goldie Bush or the walking tracks that are Controlled Areas in the Waitākere Ranges.

You must remove all visible soil from footwear and equipment before entering the Controlled Area in the Hunua Ranges, and before entering or leaving Goldie Bush or the walking tracks that are the Controlled Areas in the Waitākere Ranges. You must also use all cleaning stations you encounter to clean footwear and bicycles by scrubbing with the brush provided and using the disinfectant provided. Signs in these areas will tell you what to do, so please read them carefully and do as asked.

Accelerating Protection for Kauri project

The Accelerating Protection for Kauri project, part of joint efforts to protect kauri for future generations, is moving quickly. The project team is developing the National Pest Management Plan, including considering options for the management agency that will implement the NPMP and improving engagement with partners and communities.

The project is running three rounds of consultation this year to gather collective ideas and feedback to help develop the National Pest Management Plan.

An independent panel has been appointed to bring a fresh perspective and provide advice to the kauri dieback governance group on strategic elements of the project. They will assist the programme in key decisions. Members are:

  • Dr Barry O’Neil: Panel Chair
  • Kevin Prime: Kaumatua, Ngati Hine
  • Dr Marie McEntee: Social Scientist, University of Auckland
  • Lindsay Bulman: Science Leader, Forest Protection, Scion

Learn more about each of the independent panel members.

National Pest Management Plan

This is the strongest form of regulation we can put in place to protect kauri under the Biosecurity Act 1993. A National Pest Management Plan will mean a nationally coordinated, long-term approach to the management of kauri dieback disease. It will be a legal document that sets out rules to control the spread of kauri dieback disease across all regions with naturally occurring kauri in New Zealand.

During development of the plan, the Biosecurity Minister will determine the type of management agency (the organisation) to implement it.

Consultation with our partners and communities in 2018 will be important. It will give us collective ideas and feedback to protect kauri that we can use to develop the National Pest Management Plan and options for managing the organisation. After consultation at the end of 2018, the proposed plan will go to the Biosecurity Minister to review and go through the parliamentary process.

Examples of pests and diseases currently managed under NPMPs are: Psa-V impacting kiwifruit (managed by Kiwifruit Vine Health), American Foulbrood impacting bee health (managed by Apiculture New Zealand) and bovine TB impacting the livestock sector (managed by OSPRI New Zealand).