Going into a Kauri forest?
We can all help to protect Kauri by following correct hygiene protocols when we go into Kauri forests.
Kauri are a taonga (treasure) of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and the third largest conifer in the world. Māori see the health of Kauri as an indicator of the wellbeing of the ngahere (forest) and the people.
Kauri are threatened by a soil-borne pathogen called Phytophthora agathidicida (PA for short), which causes the fatal condition known as kauri dieback disease.
To preserve Kauri for generations to come, we need to give them space to grow. That’s why 10 rules have been introduced as part of a National Plan to protect Kauri from the PA pathogen.
To protect Kauri when you’re visiting a Kauri forest area, you must:
- Clean your footwear so it is dirt-free before you enter and leave.
- Stay on wooden or gravel tracks, or gravel roads, where you are not touching the forest floor.
- Use all hygiene stations you come across to clean your footwear.*
*If you don’t use hygiene stations, you could receive an infringement notice and fine, or a criminal conviction, according to rule 9 of the National Plan for Kauri. See National Plan rules summary.
Going off track or walking on the forest floor?
If you can’t stay on wooden or gravel tracks, or gravel roads in a Kauri forest, there is a risk you could spread the PA pathogen. You must:
- Clean dirt/organic matter off all items that may touch the forest floor before you enter the forest and again when you leave the forest. This includes tools, cars, bikes, sticks, shoes, gloves, and dog paws.**
- Avoid Kauri root zones. This is the area that extends about three times the radius of the tree’s canopy.
**If you don’t clean these items, you could receive an infringement notice and fine, or a criminal conviction, according to rule 8 of the National Plan for Kauri. See National Plan rules summary.
How do the National Plan rules work?
Tiakina Kauri is helping people understand and comply with the rules of the National Plan through education and awareness programmes.
In cases of clear and substantial or continued non-compliance with the rules, prosecution or infringement fees could be applied.