How you can help with Kauri Dieback
The only way we can protect our kauri trees, which may be 100s or 1000s of years old, is to keep the spores away from them.
Council is helping by:
- Closing reserves where there is a high risk of infection.
Improving the tracks so they remain dry, and re-routing tracks away from kauri trees. Tracks have to be closed until this is achieved.
Providing cleaning stations where necessary.
You can help by:
- Making a positive choice to protect kauri by enjoying recreational opportunities in the large number of parks and reserves without kauri.
- Scrubbing and washing your footwear thoroughly every time before you leave home and when you return.
- Using all the cleaning stations that are provided at the reserve as you go in and as you leave.
- Wait for a minute for the sterigene to have effect.
- Keeping to formed tracks at all times.
- Washing your dog’s paws before and after each visit.
- Keeping your dog(s) on the leash and on the track.
- Keeping out of closed reserves and tracks.
- Not moving from one reserve to another without thoroughly washing footwear and paws between. Disposing of water used to clean shoes and paws into sewer drainage for treatment. (This applies to bike wheels as well).
- Spreading the word to neighbours, friends, visitors – anyone you meet who doesn’t appear to understand what is needed to protect our kauri, in a polite and respectful manner.