The Kauri Dieback Programme is a partnership between central government, local government and tangata whenua. It leads collaboration to protect kauri – with people including land owners and managers, mana whenua, communities, forest users, business operators, scientists, Mātauranga Māori experts and educators.
The partners are Biosecurity New Zealand part of MPI, the Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Northland Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Te Roroa – tangata whenua for Waipoua Forest, and Tangata Whenua Roopu – the representative body for iwi and hapū with an interest in kauri lands.
Biosecurity New Zealand (MPI)
Biosecurity New Zealand provides overall coordination of the Kauri Dieback Programme on behalf of the partners. It chairs and administers the programme’s governance group and employs a programme management team who lead and coordinate its various work streams. It also supports partners with appropriate regulatory tools to help protect kauri, such as Controlled Area Notices (CANs), and is leading work to develop a National Pest Management Plan, which will strengthen protection for kauri.
Operational decisions about ‘work on the ground’ to control kauri dieback disease (such as track upgrades or temporary closures) are taken by the relevant land owner or manager, not Biosecurity New Zealand.
Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC has responsibility for managing kauri dieback disease on conservation land, which includes many of New Zealand’s most significant kauri forests. As part of its Kauri Dieback Recreation Project, DOC has upgraded many of its tracks, installed cleaning stations and introduced behaviour change initiatives. Where appropriate, tracks may also be partially or fully closed to protect kauri.
The department works closely with mana whenua and other partners to protect kauri. For example, in addition to its work across other kauri lands, DOC is working closely with Te Roroa in Northland’s Waipoua Forest (home of Tāne Mahuta), where a range of initiatives to protect kauri are underway.
Tangata Whenua Roopu
The Tangata Whenua Roopu (TWR) was established at the start of the programme to support Māori participation in governance, planning and programme delivery.
The TWR has a key role engaging with tangata whenua and communities who have an interest in kauri dieback disease. It also helps to build the capability of kaitiaki to understand and respond to kauri dieback and ensure that mātauranga Māori solutions are embedded within the programme.
Other programme partners also engage with tangata whenua as appropriate.
Regional Councils in kauri lands have a vital role in managing kauri dieback disease on land they own or administer and, in consultation with their communities, can set rules for the management of kauri dieback disease. This includes Waikato, Northland, and Bay of Plenty Regional Councils, and Auckland Council.
The councils support the kauri dieback programme with various initiatives, such as upgrading of track networks and engaging with landowners and local communities to help prevent the spread of the disease.
City and District Councils, while not direct programme partners, also have a role to play as they often administer local parks and reserves with kauri, and they can set rules governing land use activities under their district plans.
Te Roroa iwi
Te Roroa iwi expressed an early interest to be represented on the programme governance group because of their role as kaitiaki over Waipoua forest and in recognition of their Treaty settlement with the crown.
They work with other partners (particularly DOC and Northland Regional Council) and the community to protect kauri. This includes monitoring forest health and providing iwi ambassadors at the Tāne Mahuta site to guide, educate and assist visitors.
The kauri dieback programme is further strengthened and supported by independent experts whose role is to provide strategic advice and direction. These include the Strategic Science Advisory Group, and the kauri dieback Independent Panel.
Crown Research Institutes, universities and other government agencies also complement the programme through various programmes and initiatives to address kauri dieback disease.