About Kauri

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.

The survival of Kauri depends on all of us taking action to protect Kauri and reduce the spread of the PA pathogen. 

Giving Kauri Space to Grow

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 pathogen that causes kauri dieback disease.  

The rules are designed to protect Kauri by reducing the impact of the PA pathogen and stopping it from spreading to healthy Kauri.

Do the rules affect me?

You will need to follow the rules for protecting Kauri if you:

To read a summary of all the rules, see: National Plan rules.

How will the new rules work?

Tiakina Kauri is helping people understand and comply with the new rules 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.