Kauri tree removal and pruning

Guidelines to prevent the spread of disease to kauri when removing or trimming.

Kauri are under threat from a disease caused by the pathogen Phytophthora agathidicida (PA). The disease is also known as 'kauri dieback'. These guidelines will help avoid spreading the disease.

Advice on how to protect kauri from disease during tree pruning or felling operations

These guidelines are for land managers, arboriculture industry and members of the public in undertaking tree removal and pruning activities of kauri and are based on managing the risks associated with pruning and felling parts of a kauri tree where PA is unlikely to occur (but we are not 100% certain) and mitigate areas of the tree where PA is known to occur.

National plan to protect kauri

Note: From 2 August 2022 ten new rules/regulations have been introduced as part of a National Plan to help protect kauri from the PA pathogen that causes ‘dieback’ disease.

More information on the Plan and how it affects operations on your land.  

Research has underpinned the information in some of these guidelines. These resources will be updated in the coming months, with new guidelines to be developed.

More information about how to identify the disease.