Doing more to protect kauri


Kauri dieback continues to spread through kauri areas. To strengthen protection for kauri, three new measures have been introduced. They are;

  1. Controlled Area Notices (CANs) 
  2. Development of a National Pest Management Plan (NPMP)
  3. Kauri Dieback Strategic Science Advisory Group.

National Pest Management Plan


These are used to tackle major biosecurity threats and are the strongest form of regulation we can put in place to protect kauri. An NPMP is developed under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

An NPMP will ensure consistent rules for managing kauri dieback disease in all regions with kauri, with more enduring programme governance and funding.

During development of the plan the Minister will need to determine what type of management agency will be established to implement the National Pest Management Plan.




Consultation with our partners and communities will be an important part of the plan’s development. Feedback from this consultation will help shape the plan and the establishment of the management agency. You’ll find information about the consultation on this website when we reach that point in the 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).

kauri dieback strategic science advisory group

This group was formed to provide independent, high-level advice to the Kauri Dieback Programme. They’ll provide expert advice on a range of scientific matters and by establishing an enduring science plan the advisory group aims to help with the coordination of kauri dieback research. This will include advising on the high-level strategic direction and priorities for kauri dieback science.

The advisory group is made up of around a dozen experts from science organisations, tangata whenua, government agencies and from overseas.

  • Dr Ian Ferguson, Specialist Science Adviser to the Director-General, MPI (Chair)
  • Jamie Ataria, Co-Deputy Director, Bioprotection Core, Lincoln University
  • Lindsay Bulman, Science Leader, Forest Protection, Scion
  • Marie McEntee, Social Scientist, University of Auckland
  • Karyn Froud, Biosecurity Scientist
  • Giles Hardy, Director of the Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management, Murdoch University, Perth
  • Veronica Herrera, Director Diagnostics and Surveillance Services, MPI
  • Ken Hughey, Departmental Science Advisor, Department of Conservation
  • Danette Olsen, Manager Strategic Investments, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Haami Piripi, Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, Kaitaia
  • Philippa Stevens, General Manager, Bioprotection, Plant & Food Research
  • Nick Waipara, Senior Scientist, Plant & Food Research