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Introduction

DOC is responsible for protecting kauri on the land we manage. This includes many of New Zealand’s most significant kauri forests.

In 2014, we were allocated an extra $21.634 million in funding to help manage the spread of kauri dieback. This is comprised of $10.7 million capital and $10.9 million operating, spread over three years.

The work is led by our Kauri Dieback Recreation Project team, who take guidance and coordination from the wider Kauri Dieback Programme led by MPI.

The project’s work plan includes:

  • upgrading tracks to eliminate muddy sections and protect kauri roots
  • re-routing tracks to avoid kauri
  • changing the allowable recreational use of tracks and, in some locations, closing the tracks
  • improving signage
  • installing footwear cleaning stations at track entrances
  • education and behaviour change.

Progress to date

So far, we've surveyed the entire 735 km network of DOC-managed tracks in kauri forests. This involved assessing the condition of the tracks, mapping all kauri within 1.5 m of a track.

Having identified 186 tracks for possible upgrade or closure, we're now in the third year of a three-year track upgrade programme.

In the first two years of the programme we upgraded 54 high priority tracks – equating to 165 km of track, and closed 15 tracks.  In consultation with local communities, we’re continuing our work to establish next steps for the remaining tracks. This can include, upgrade, closure or partial closure

Over recent years, we’ve also trialled hygiene control methods and cleaning stations, monitoring and evaluating them for effectiveness.

In late 2015/early 2016, we installed four prototype cleaning stations in Northland and the Coromandel. We've since developed and further refined an enhanced 'Mark 2' prototype, which will be rolled out from early 2018.

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