Ten Tauranga tracks upgraded for kauri dieback


16-09-2019 12:00 am

Ten Tauranga walking tracks have been upgraded to help prevent the spread of kauri die back disease.

Closed since November while work was under way, the Department of Conservation has now reopened the tracks, which have had improvements across more than 12km to eliminate wet, muddy sections where kauri dieback spores could grow. There is 132 metres of new boardwalk as well as new steps, fences, platforms and gravel.

New footwear cleaning stations have also been installed at track entrances so we can all do our bit to help stop the spread of pests and diseases.

Kauri dieback has not been confirmed in this area, so everything we do to stop or slow down its spread will help to protect the Kaimai kauri. There is currently no cure and even a pinhead of soil is enough to spread kauri dieback.

This track upgrade is part of the Department of Conservation's Kauri Dieback Recreation Project. Since 2014, more than 70 tracks have been upgraded and more than 40 permanently closed to protect kauri from this deadly pathogen.

The microscopic fungus-like organism Phytophthora agathidicida lives in the soil and infects kauri roots. By damaging the tree's tissues that carry nutrients and water, it effectively starves the tree to death.

The Kauri Dieback Programme website has more information about kauri dieback and all the work being done to keep kauri standing in Aotearoa New Zealand.