Kauri is under threat
Kauri trees are under threat from kauri dieback disease (phytophthora agathidicida).
The fungus-like organism is spread by just a pinhead of mud or soil, with major carriers being people and larger animals like pigs or goats.
What we are doing to reduce the spread of kauri dieback
We have taken significant steps to reduce the spread of kauri dieback in the Waitākere Ranges and Hunua Ranges regional parks.
The forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park are now closed, with some exemptions where a Controlled Area Notice is in place from 1 May 2018. A list of tracks and their current status can be found below.
A number of higher risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park are also closed and from 1 May 2018 a Controlled Area Notice is also in place across the native forest area of the park. A list of these tracks and campgrounds can be found below. Further information and status of tracks.
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Why we need to protect kauri
Kauri trees are among the most ancient in the world. They can live for over 2000 years, grow to over 50m tall and have trunk girths up to 16m.
The kauri is taonga to Māori and European alike. The tree has spiritual significance both for its form and function. Maori regard it as a rangatira (chiefly) species because of its ecosystem-supporting role. Many other species depend on it.