Controlling the spread

Humans are thought to be responsible for the most rapid spread of kauri dieback – through being carried in soil on footwear, on tyres, machinery and other gear. Surveillance suggest that spread has been strongly noted near walking tracks.

Behavioural change

To reduce the likelihood of spread by humans, the Programme is focused on researching human behaviour.

Although there has been a significant increase in the level of awareness of kauri dieback amongst forest users over the years, there is still a large number of people that do not follow the correct hygiene protocols at cleaning stations or keeping to the tracks. As a result, we have done further research into identifying factors that influence people’s responses, perceptions and attitudes towards kauri dieback controls, as well as improving the design of forest hygiene stations and improving how we communicate the key messages in the signage we use. We are currently planning on testing some further initiatives to improve behavioural change amongst forest visitors.

Some recent research in this area

Kauri Dieback Programme funded (including partner-funded projects)

If you have any questions in relation to this area of research or the supporting reports please contact the Kauri Dieback team on the details below.

Please note that as more information becomes available on the nature of kauri dieback disease and the pathogen that causes it, some of these papers may be superseded.