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Kauri Rescue Project awarded National Science Challenge funding

A new project team comprising scientists, social scientists, iwi and community groups has gained two-year funding from the Government’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge http://www.biologicalheritage.nz/ one of only six successful projects out of 111 applications. Their exciting new project Kauri RescueTM otherwise known as the Community Control of Kauri Dieback: Tiaki mō Kauri seeks to  [ Read More ]

Pup from pound becomes kauri dieback super-sleuth

On this week’s Purina pound pups to dog stars on TV1 was the heart-warming story about Paddy, a gorgeous golden lab that had been starved, beaten and confined, before being rescued and taken to SPCA. Highly aggressive around food, Paddy was faced with euthanasia, but was rescued by dog whisperer, Mark. With a hyper-sensitive nose, Paddy  [ Read More ]

Waitakere Ranges Local Board guides walk to Kauri Die back areas

Waitakere Ranges Local Board today (5 April 2014) led a successful walk along the Maungaroa Ridge Track, where the first unusual symptoms on kauri trees were seen by a Piha local in 2006. Starting in Bush and Beach mini-buses at Glen Eden Railway Station, the group went to the Poleline Track off Anawhata Road. Auckland Council  [ Read More ]

Glorious Kauri Grove Track

Yesterday (Saturday 3 March) went for a walk in the Waitakeres. After much looking at maps and arguing, we decided we would take the car up to Piha Road, and walk down the  Lucy Cranwell Track and back up Kauri Grove Track,  both tracks we had not done before. It is constantly amazing that there are  [ Read More ]

Phil Twyford walking for kauri

Caught up with Phil Twyford, Labour MP for Te Atatu, at the Piha Surf Club today (17 January). Phil is walking the Hillary Trail to highlight the disease kauri PTA which is killing kauri trees in the Waitakeres and other parts of Auckland and Northland, and to protest at the Ministry of Primary Industries decision to  [ Read More ]

Hillary Trail event declined

Media Release from Auckland Council Auckland Council has declined an application by Lactic Turkey Events Ltd to hold a running event on the Hillary Trail in 2013. Council officers have been working with Shaun Collins of Lactic Turkey Events over the last few months to assess the application and the impact an event of this  [ Read More ]

Proposed Hillary Trail run update

Mace Ward, Manager Regional Parks has recently sent out the following update: Application Status: Event on the Hillary Trail Following on from the stakeholder meeting held at Arataki on 2 July and the article in the Western Leader about the proposed event on the Hillary Trail we have received feedback from a number of individuals  [ Read More ]

Auckland Council closes Kauri dieback areas for protection

The Auckland Council Regional Development and Operations Committee on Thursday voted to close 13 Kauri Protection Areas throughout the Waitakere Ranges, involving 27 km of tracks, to try and halt to spread of phytophthora taxon agathis (PTA) which is killing kauri trees in the area. The areas chosen for quarantining are “clean” and so free  [ Read More ]

Waitakere Track closures from 14 October

A number of walking tracks in the Waitakere Ranges will be closed from 14 October 2011 to 12 December 2011 to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. The affected tracks are: Robinson Ridge Track, Wainamu Bush Track, Walker Kauri Track, Summit Track, Crusher Pipe Track, Destruction Gully, La Trobe Track, Lucy Cranwell Track and  [ Read More ]

Forest Health News discussion on Kauri PTA

Attached is an article about Kauri PTA  published in Forest Health News (Scion publication). FHnews-208_August2010[1]Background to this article is that it is Ross Beever’s response to an article published in the same newsletter late 2009 by Peter Gadgil. See attached here.  Gadgil 2009 Ross was working on his response at the time he became ill, and had not  [ Read More ]

Kauri die back disease

Kauri dieback or phytophthora taxon agathis is an organism that infects New Zealand’s iconic kauri, causing bleeding lesions on the trunk, collar-rot and gradually loss of foliage and death. The organism can be spread by soil, water or from kauri root to kauri root. It was first spotted on Maungaroa Ridge Track at Piha in  [ Read More ]