How does it spread?

In its inactive state the pathogen can live for many years without a kauri anywhere nearby. It can also survive for many years above ground. So it’s vital that footwear and other gear is cleaned and disinfected before going near kauri, and again before leaving an area with kauri, regardless of how long it has been in storage. Kauri dieback kills kauri of all sizes and of any age – from seedlings to giants that pre-date human settlement.

There is no cure for kauri dieback, and no evidence that kauri have any natural resistance to the disease.