Two dead kauri at the McCahon House (in Titirangi, West Auckland) were removed on Tuesday 29 January. These were some of the same trees which inspired the artist Colin McCahon throughout the 1950s while he lived at the bach and produced a series of kauri paintings.
Unfortunately kauri dieback disease has spread throughout the property and many of these trees are in serious decline. The removal of the two kauri was both a significant and sombre occasion.
Auckland Council Biosecurity staff together with the McCahon House Trust, members of the Kauri Dieback Management Programme and the local community held a small ceremony to note this occasion.
The felled trees will be used in a study to better understand how the disease affects kauri, by Monique Wheat a researcher from the Kauri Dieback Management Programme.
The sad situation at McCahon House highlights the continuing need for research, action to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease and work to raise public awareness.