Monday, 24 September 2018

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Sixth kauri dieback site found on Coromandel Peninsula

Waikato Regional Council has confirmed that a sixth kauri dieback site on the Coromandel Peninsula has been found on a private property outside Tairua. The other five locations are at Hukarahi, near Whitianga and in the Whangapoua Forest.

The sixth site was identified for further testing after an aerial survey carried out by Waikato Regional Council last year showed kauri with signs of poor health. Patrick Whaley, WRC integrated catchment services manager, said regional council staff were working with the landowner to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Unfortunately, there’s no known cure for kauri dieback,” Mr Whaley said. “But we can stop it from infecting other kauri by limiting soil movement. That means fencing kauri from stock, keeping people out of the bush, killing feral animals and having good machinery cleaning practices.”

Kauri dieback disease starves the tree to death. Its symptoms include a yellowing and thinning canopy, although these can be caused by other things too, such as drought, poor soil conditions, high winds, cattle and other animal movement under the tree.

Mr Whaley said thousands of photos were taken of the Waikato region during last year’s aerial survey, which was carried out as part of the national Kauri Dieback Programme.

“We’re working closely with Kauri Dieback Programme partners, the Department of Conservation and the Ministry for Primary Industries to develop an action plan for this new infected area in Tairua,” Mr Whaley said.

As an initial response, the Department of Conservation has closed nearby tracks on public conservation land at Lynch Stream and the Twin Kauri tracks.

The Kauri Dieback Programme was launched in 2009 to manage and respond to the spread of the disease. It is a partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries, tangata whenua, DOC, Auckland Council, Northland Regional Council, Bay of Plenty regional Council and Waikato Regional

Council.

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