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Introduction

We are part of a joint agency response, which is led by the Ministry for Primary Industries. The Kauri Dieback Programme is a collaborative partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the kaitiaki of areas where kauri are found.

The programme was established in 2009, and includes representatives from:

  • MPI (chair and lead agency)
  • DOC
  • tangata whenua (via the Tangata Whenua Roopu)
  • councils in the upper North Island within kauri’s natural range:
    • Waikato Regional Council
    • Northland Regional Council
    • Bay of Plenty Regional Council
    • Auckland.

The programme also has a team of people who contribute to and/or manage research and monitoring projects. They provide skills and knowledge around environmental science, biosecurity, or mātauranga Māori (traditional knowledge). 

Keep Kauri Standing

Research into kauri dieback

Kauri Dieback Management Strategy

In December 2014, the programme released the Kauri Dieback Management Strategy, which provides a shared vision and overall goal for kauri dieback management over the next 10 years. It also provides some more specific goals and actions for the short to medium term.

Its purpose is to: 

  • identify the key challenges for the programme and strategies to overcome them
  • focus efforts on the areas that will bring the biggest gains
  • serve as a rallying-point for the collective work of the programme partners and those with an active interest in protecting kauri.

The programme has a team of people who have skills in, or a focus on, environmental science, biosecurity, or mātauranga Māori (traditional knowledge). They contribute to and/or manage research and monitoring projects.

The Management Strategy

National Pest Management Plan

In December 2017, the Government announced its decision to introduce a National Pest Management Plan (NPMP) to strengthen efforts to protect kauri trees from dieback disease.

The NPMP will ensure consistent and clear regulations apply nationwide, including mandatory hygiene practices.

The development of the NPMP will take some time so, as an interim measure, the Kauri Dieback Governance Group has agreed to establish a Controlled Area Notice (CAN) for kauri dieback under the Biosecurity Act 1993. This will put a legal requirement on people entering or leaving a particular area to follow the hygiene control requirements.

Work on preparing the CAN is now underway and programme partners are deciding the details of how it will be implemented. This will include deciding the first location where the CAN will initially apply.

The Governance Group also agreed to establish a strategic Science Advisory Group to ensure the fight against kauri dieback is supported by the necessary science and research.

The Kauri Dieback Governance Group announcement

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