About our research database

Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has invested in kauri research dating back to 2014 across six research areas.

This research database has been overseen by Tiakina Kauri and is supported by a Knowledge Advisory Group.

Investment into kauri protection research also comes from other sources, such as universities, Crown Research Institutes, and the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 

Tiakina Kauri are focused on research in the following six areas:

1. Understanding the disease

Increasing our understanding of the disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida (PA). 

2. Mātauranga Māori

Mātauranga Māori is traditional and contemporary Māori knowledge and knowledge systems which is ever growing and expanding. The application of Mātauranga Māori is increasingly becoming important in the fight against pest and diseases. 

3. Surveillance, detection, diagnostics and pathways

To help stop the spread of Phytophthora agathidicida (PA) we are researching how it spreads and where it is located.

4. Controlling the disease 

Researching ways to fight Phytophthora agathidicida (PA), while helping trees fight the disease and preventing them from being infected.

5. Decision-support

Good decision-making leads to better more effective management of Phytophthora agathidicida (PA). By identifying the areas of concern and ensuring that kauri sites are protected, we hope to keep ahead of the disease.

6. Social Science

The disease is primarily spread in soil, humans are regarded as the biggest carrier through contaminated soil on footwear and other gear. Social research to understand people’s perceptions and needs will enable more effective, targeted kauri protection communication.