Kauri dieback disease control

Find out about kauri dieback, how it spreads and how you can help protect our native forests.

Controlled Areas in Auckland region 

Controlled Area Notices are in place in:

  • the Waitākere Ranges on certain tracks 
  • parts of the Hunua Ranges
  • Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve.

Before you visit these Controlled Areas, make sure you're familiar with the conditions of entry and what you need to do to help save our kauri.

An invasive disease

Kauri dieback is caused by the fungus-like pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida. It spreads with soil movement, including:

  • on footwear and other clothing and gear
  • on vehicles driven in affected areas
  • by animals – including wild pigs, stock and pets.

Kauri trees can be infected for a long time before they show any signs of the disease. Most, if not all, infected trees die.

There is no known cure

Without any cure, the only way we can save our kauri forests is to contain the disease in its current locations and stop its spread into healthy areas.

A coordinated effort

Controlling the spread of kauri dieback, regardless of who owns the land the kauri trees are on, is critical to ensuring these trees remain standing.

The Kauri Dieback Management Programme is a collaborative partnership, coordinated by MPI and involving relevant councils, the Department of Conservation, and kaitiaki (guardians) of areas where kauri are found. Programme partners provide education and awareness tools to communities.

They've also installed cleaning stations and signage across kauri forest areas. These are designed to help ensure visitors to kauri forests follow the appropriate hygiene steps to help prevent the spread of dieback disease.

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Have your say on the future of kauri

The Government wants tougher measures to help fight the spread of kauri dieback disease. One measure is a National Pest Management Plan for a nationally coordinated, long-term approach to managing kauri dieback.

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Who to contact

If you have questions about the information on this page, email info@mpi.govt.nz 

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