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DOC is part of the Kauri Dieback Programme, which a collaborative partnership between Biosecurity NZ and the kaitiaki of areas where kauri are found.

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

  • Ministry for Primary Industries (chair and lead agency)
  • Department of Conservation
  • 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

A shared vision

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

Science and research

Research is vital to the programme as it can result in the development of tools that will help save and protect this Taonga for future generations. 

The programme is supported by an Independent Strategic Science Advisory Group, who set the high-level strategic approach. As well as a Technical Advisory Group who provide technical advice on the science. 

Listen to Travis Ashcroft, Planning and Intelligence Lead, talk in more detail about the programme structure, research needs and priorities.

Research into kauri dieback

National Pest Management Plan

This is the strongest form of regulation that can put in place to protect kauri under the Biosecurity Act 1993. A National Pest Management Plan will mean a nationally coordinated, long-term approach to the management of kauri dieback disease. It will be a legal document that sets out rules to control the spread of kauri dieback disease across all regions with naturally occurring kauri in New Zealand.

The Accelerating Protection for Kauri project, part of joint efforts to protect kauri for future generations, is developing the National Pest Management Plan. This includes considering options for the management agency that will implement the NPMP and improving engagement with partners and communities.

Find out more about the National Pest Management Plan

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