Look out for kauri dieback displays at bus stops

People waiting for their bus will get a bit of education about our native forest for the next month, with new bus shelter posters in place to raise awareness about kauri dieback disease.

Five bus shelters around Auckland, ranging from Albany to Mangere and out to West Auckland have been adorned with the Save Our Kauri Forest posters to raise awareness about the disease, which is killing kauri trees in Auckland and Northland.

"Using bus shelter ads is a great way to spread the word to the general public who may not visit forest very often, but are still a very important audience," says Stacey Hill, Kauri Dieback Liaison Officer at Auckland Council.

"Any movement of soil can spread this disease. Anyone visiting or working in kauri forest should clean their shoes and equipment before and after going," says Stacey.

"This is the only way to keep the disease contained."

"It is also the only way we can save healthy areas like the Hunua Ranges, which are incredibly important, as no disease has been found there yet.

"If this ad grabs someone's attention enough that they remember on their next walk out in kauri forest or simply visit the website, it is well worth it."

The eye-catching posters feature a tall, healthy kauri next to a tree with bare branches - a victim of the fungus-like disease, which can affect anything from a young sapling to an ancient giant.

The bus shelters are in Great North Road in Avondale, Godley Road in Green Bay, East Coast Road in Northcross, Albany Hghway and Massey Road in Mangere East from 29th July til the 26th August 2012.

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