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 disease 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 disease, and no evidence that kauri have any natural resistance to the disease.

See our Recognising Symptoms page to find out about the typical signs of kauri dieback disease.