In a hui held 15 July 2014, Te Uri o Hau decided to place a rahui (temporary ban) over their maunga (mountain) Pukekaroro and Pukeareinga to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease (PTA).
Kauri dieback disease appears to be present in kauri trees on Pukekaroro but not yet on Pukeareinga. The rahui stops anybody from entering or traversing the area with the aim to safeguard the still healthy kauri on Pukeareinga.
Northland Conservation Board member Willie Wright, who attended the hui on behalf of the Board said, "It's a privilege for the Northland Conservation Board to be invited to this hui. The Board supports any initiative that communities and tangata whenua such as Te Uri o Hau wish to undertake to halt the spread of kauri dieback disease. We need to make sure that Northland's special places will always be there for us."
"It will also be important for the Department of Conservation (DOC) to recognise and support Maori customary practices such as kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and Matauranga Maori (Maori knowledge), and to endorse Te Uri o Hau's approach to protect their taonga (treasure)," said Willie Wright.
Northland Conservation Board Chair Mita Harris getting his boots cleaned to prevent the spread of kauri dieback (PTA)
Mikaera Miru, Environmental Manager for Te Uri o Hau, said, "Kauri are an important New Zealand icon. Everybody in this country will have to work together if we want to save kauri from the threat of kauri dieback disease."
Kauri dieback is a fungus-like disease that can kill trees of all ages. Without any treatment or control tools, the only way to save kauri forests is to contain the disease in its current locations and stop the spread into healthy areas.
Pukekaroro is located beside State Highway 1-Kaiwaka and Pukeareinga lies off Mountain Rd, Maungaturoto. The Crown returned the tops of these maunga to Te Uri o Hau as part of the Te Uri o Hau Treaty Claims Settlement Act 2002. Te Uri o Hau is now working with DOC to care for these sites.
- Northland Conservation Board
- Kauri dieback
- The Kauri Dieback Management Programme Facebook page