Te tahumaero patu kauri
Kauri dieback disease
Keep up to date with the latest kauri dieback resources.
Our kauri, one of New Zealand’s taonga (treasures), are under threat from kauri dieback disease (Phytophthora agathidicida). The fungus-like organism is spread by very small amounts of mud or soil which infect the tree through its roots.
Kauri play a key role in indigenous forest ecosystems of the upper North Island. They are also one of the largest and longest-living tree species in the world, with some trees reaching more than 1000 years old.
There is currently no proven cure or treatment for kauri dieback disease, and nearly all infected kauri die from it. Anything that can move soil (such as humans, equipment and large animals) can potentially spread the disease.
See our Guide to managing kauri dieback.
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What we are doing about kauri dieback
Learn about Auckland Council’s kauri dieback programme and find out about track closures.
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The BioHeritage Challenge
Projects to accelerate research to combat the spread of kauri dieback disease. The BioHeritage Challenge, Ngā Koiora Tuku Iko, aims to protect and manage Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity and enhance our resilience to harmful organisms.
Kauri dieback controlled areas
Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) information on areas in Auckland that are under a controlled area notice.
Kauri dieback in Northland
Northland Regional Council's overview to their kauri dieback management strategy.
The Kauri Project
A project to promote awareness of kauri dieback and kauri biodiversity through community engagement exhibitions, events and activities.
A project undertaken by a group of scientists, iwi and community group representatives to further citizen science for the treatment of kauri dieback. Find out how you can join the project team.