DOC is responsible for protecting kauri on public conservation land and other land it manages, including many of New Zealand’s most significant kauri forests.
About the disease
Kauri dieback can kill kauri of all ages. It’s a disease caused by a microscopic fungus-like organism, called Phytophthora agathidicida (PA). It lives in the soil and infects kauri roots, damaging the tissues that carry nutrients and water within the tree, effectively starving it to death.
There’s currently no proven cure or treatment and nearly all infected kauri die. The disease is easily spread through soil movements, eg when soil is carried on dirty footwear, animals, equipment and vehicles. We can save our kauri forests by containing the disease and stopping it spreading to other areas.