If you have kauri trees at home, how can you protect them from kauri dieback?
Kauri is one of the world’s largest and oldest tree species. Mature kauri trees, often more than 50m tall and 13m in girth, can live for well over 1,000 years.
Large kauri trees shelter surrounding species, which is why Māori refer to kauri trees as Te Whakaruruhau (the great protector of the forest).
This iconic tree plays a vital part in our ecosystem – 17 other species are dependent on kauri, including korokio (corokia buddleioides).
Kauri trees are currently classed as threatened, primarily due to kauri dieback disease (caused by Phytophthora agathidicida).
What can I do to protect kauri on my property?
If you have kauri trees at your place, there are a few things you can do to protect them from kauri dieback, as outlined in the National Kauri Protection Programme’s Kauri Care Guide.
For advice on keeping your kauri trees healthy and what to do if you’re concerned about the health of your kauri, get in touch with Kauri Rescue or contact the Auckland Council’s kauri dieback team on firstname.lastname@example.org.