There is a continued activity in the public arena in relation to kauri protection measures that is useful for us all to try to keep track of. 

An important information source is the MPI Kauri Dieback website - https://www.kauridieback.co.nz/ , espeically the Science and Research pages, which include quite a number of links to important research on the topic. We have requested an update to the kauri survey data mapping to better appreciate the areas of healthy vs unhealthy kauri

Recently Auckland Council ran a very informative presentation and discussion session involving key kauri scientists at the Auckland Botanic Gardens - Aroha Kauri Day . Unfortunately this was not publicised very well in advance, but there is a Facebook link containing some of the presentatiions. The scientists presenting had good research based information and were definitely listening to questions from the floor.

That event also addressed a change recently noticed in public announcements in the status of phosphite treatment - previously considered a stopgap measure, it has now become a medium term cure, if used in the correct quanity - not too much and not too little

Another positive development is as reported on One News recently in relation of the ability of pine needles to greatly simplifying the (soil) testing process to assess what is / isn't affected. Refer this link 

Recently I attended a Kaimai related meeting with DOC and a person who represents quite a number of Kaimai iwi. The strong message from the iwi representative was they are really keen to limit access to kauri forests so that the disease is not introduced from other areas, and it is quite possible that some areas of the Kaimai will also get a rahui in place where there are special kauri tracks. As usual it is hard to present a broader view, but that is what we are doing in the ATC and KRT submissions to DOC in relation to their proposed closures from the northern Kaimai, Coromandel and north of Auckland.

I am involved as an ATC member of a new group of clubs, Meetup groups and other organisations called the Auckland Track Users Forum. This has key objectives of working as closele as possible with Auckland Parks Management to understand and contribute to the work in progress Waitakeres strategy, and to also assist with coordinating volunteer resources once the weather and Auckland Council are ready to involve us and the wider Waitakere community in track upgrade work

The whole topic does not get any easier to discuss, given the need for any view to have some very solid information from which to work. There is understanding that the disease’s spread is caused by a number of factors, and while not being the only issue, the carrying of soil from one area to another – via people or animals or equipment – is one of the factors to control – somehow.

Our position of encouraging more mitigation sooner rather than later is probably the best we can do – that is, via metalling tracks, installing boardwalks, and diverting tracks away from kauri – including with volunteer club and community invovlement

A number of submissions and other documents are attached

Here is a link to a Radio NZ podcast relating to the Forest and Bird Reserve closures announced in August, 2018

Tony Walton

Attachments:
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Download this file (Kauri Dieback Research Conversation.pdf)Kauri Research ATC Conversation June 2018136 kB7Mon, 30 Jul 2018 21:22
Download this file (DOC Kauri Protection - ATC Consultation Feedback 20180727.pdf)ATC Submission on DOC Proposed Track Closures July 2018535 kB9Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:36
Download this file (Kaimai Kauri Protection KRT Consultation Feedback 20180524.pdf)Kaimai Ridgeway Trust Submission May 2018 on Proposed Kaimai Track Closures 378 kB6Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:08
Download this file (Auckland Tramping Club National Kauri Programme Submission 20180716.pdf)MPI Have Your Say ATC Submission July 2018228 kB6Mon, 30 Jul 2018 21:23