The fight to save kauri from kauri dieback involves everyone - government, tangata whenua, regional communities, sporting groups, recreational groups, business and individuals - all working together. It's the job of the Kauri Dieback Programme to facilitate that cooperation.
The Programme is a collaborative partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries, which co-ordinates the Programme, and the kaitiaki of those areas where kauri are found – tangata whenua (via the Tangata Whenua Roopu), Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council, Northland Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and Auckland City. The Programme has four regional representatives who you can contact using the details below.
You can also call the Kauri Dieback Programme hotline on 0800 NZ KAURI (69 52874) or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to report a tree that looks unhealthy. The programme team will send any reports of unhealthy trees to the appropriate council or land authority to manage.
You can't tell just by looking whether a kauri tree is infected with dieback or not. An infected kauri may show symptoms like yellowing leaves, a thinning canopy, dead branches or large lesions (areas of damage) near the base of the tree that bleed resin. However, symptoms like these might be caused by other factors – for example, drought or age. Infected kauri may appear healthy and not show any symptoms during early-stage infection for many years – and some never develop trunk lesions.
Your regional contacts
Northland region: Pete Graham, Northland Regional Council 0800 002 004 or 09439 3306
Auckland region: email@example.com
Waikato region: Kim Parker, Waikato Regional Council Phone 0800 246 732 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay of Plenty region: Donna Watchman, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Phone 0800 884 880 email@example.com
Department of Conservation: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry for Primary Industries: Iain Murray, Phone 04 894 0377 Iain.email@example.com
Thank you to the following organisations for supporting the Kauri Dieback Management Programme. They do an amazing job at helping raise awareness about kauri dieback and how people can help by sponsoring our work.
If you or your organisation would like to help protect kauri please get in touch with the Programme’s Relationship Manager, Ian Mitchell by calling 029 8940 773 or email Ian.Mitchell2@mpi.govt.nz
Soar Print is an environmentally sustainable printer who are generously supporting the Programme’s work by providing their printing services. We're proud to be one of many community and environmental programmes the team at Soar support.
One of New Zealand’s pioneering winemakers, Coopers Creek are spreading the word in a unique way by promoting kauri dieback messages on its “Lone Kauri” wine varieties. They also display kauri dieback information at wine tastings, events and point of sale locations around the upper North Island. Their support is helping us to reach people who may also visit kauri forests.
Bivouac outdoor do an amazing role in letting their outdoor-loving customers know how they can help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. They do this through their Facebook page and online blogs, and by including our brochures in their stores and online orders. We appreciate their help in showing people how to keep kauri safe when visiting the forests!
Community groups working to save kauri with support from The Tindall and Aotearoa Foundations
Thanks to $60,000 worth of annual funding from The Tindall Foundation and The Aotearoa Foundation (who also supported an initiative to protect kauri growing on private land), several groups have been supported in extending their existing kauri dieback advocacy work.
Chinese Conservation Education Trust
The Chinese Conservation Education Trust (CCET) worked with both Chinese New Zealanders and their China-based visitors to support their compliance while visiting kauri areas.
During the 2016/17 financial year (ending June), the Trust:
- Ran seven field trips to areas with kauri (including a planting day on the Coromandel, hosted by the Kauri 2000 trust), to foster a deeper appreciation for kauri ecosystems amongst the 352 participants.
- Ran stalls at the Chinese New Year Fair and the Chinese & Korean New Year Fair.
- Held six roadshows outside specialist Asian foodstores, where shoppers were surveyed on their understanding of kauri dieback, and encouraged to comply with and advocate for cleaning protocols within their networks. This was designed to reach people with a wider range of interests, in the expectation that they will visit kauri areas in the future.
- Published blogs, advocating for the protection of kauri from dieback.
Te Runanga O Te Rarawa
Representatives of Te Runanga O Te Rarawa worked within their iwi and with others to support those working, playing, or visiting kauri for cultural purposes in not spreading kauri dieback.
During the 2016/17 financial year, the iwi’s work included:
- The iwi’s Kiwi Advocacy Kaimahi incorporated dieback messaging into her dog aversion training and presentations. She modelled compliance to farmers and hunters, as well as school children (as part of the iwi’s school outreach work).
- Presenting on kauri dieback to the Runanga’s annual conference.
- Engaged with people via the iwi’s stalls at the Panguru and Broadwood AMP shows.
- Engaged with the organisers of a local pig-hunting competition, to ensure competitors observe cleaning protocols (kauri dieback has been detected in the Warawara Forest).
Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua
The 2016/17 FY was the first year that Te Runanga o Ngāti Whātua received funding for its kauri dieback advocacy work. The iwi’s workplan was based largely on three hui, which were designed to engage both iwi members and the communities each hui was held in. Hui were attended by farmers and other landowners, government staff, environmental commissioners, conservation board members, and scientists.
- The first hui was held at Reweti Marae, near Waimauku, northwest of Auckland city.
- The second was held at Puatahi Marae, west of Warkworth, and on the Kaipara Harbour. Traditional and contemporary kauri protection tools were discussed, as well as the management of Atuanui (Mt Auckland), where dieback has been found.
- The final hui was held at Otamatea Marae, northwest of Wellsford. This was generally aimed at building capability and response amongst kaitiaki across the iwi’s rohe.