How can we all help
The only way we can protect our kauri trees, which may be 100s or 1000s of years old, is to keep the spores away from them.
Council is helping by:
- Closing reserves where there is a big risk of infection.
- Improving the tracks so they remain dry and they are re-routing tracks away from kauri trees (tracks have to be closed until this is achieved)
- Providing cleaning stations where necessary.
You can help by:
- Making a positive choice to protect kauri by enjoying recreational opportunities in the large number of parks and reserves without kauri.
- Scrubbing and washing your footwear thoroughly every time before you leave home and when you return. Using all the cleaning stations that are provided at the reserve as you go in and as you leave.
- Wait for a minute for the sterigene to have effect.
- Keeping to proper formed tracks at all times.
- Washing your dog’s paws before and after each visit.
- Keeping your dog(s) on the leash and on the track.
- Keeping out of closed reserves and tracks.
- Not running or walking from one reserve to another without thoroughly washing footwear (and paws) in warm soapy water and flushing the dirty water down sewer - not on ground or into stormwater drains where it may enter the soil and even years later reach kauri roots.
- Spreading the word to neighbours, friends, visitors – anyone you meet who doesn’t appear to understand what is needed to protect our kauri, in a polite and respectful manner.