Oct. 10, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
The spread of the kauri dieback disease is at epidemic proportions reaching throught New Zealand. The disease has recently been detected as far north as Herekino. The ancient giants could be exterminated from the Waitakere Ranges within our lifetime.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is the national co-ordinator of the $26 million Kauri Dieback Programme, which was set up in 2014 to try to control the disease. Dr Mels Barton of the Friends of Regional Parks tells us that central government is not doing enough to aid the kauri dieback epidemic, Kauri are still dying and the disease is still spreading.
Dr Mels says for the kauri to have a chance at survival more funding needs to be spent on infrastructure upgrading tracks through the forests, upgrading cleaning stations, education and getting the word out to the public getting communities involved, and funding groups that are solely dedicated to stopping Kauri dieback.