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Working in a Kauri die-back environment

When we head out to remove weeds or set animal traps, we can unknowingly spread Kauri dieback. 

Respecting the Rahui

STNN worked to understand and comply with the Rahui that was put in place to protect Kauri, and carefully observes measures and protocols in relation to Kauri Dieback hygiene. We gained approval from Te Kawerau ā Maki to continue our work, with strict measures in place. 

Taking extra care 

Remember that we don’t want to take Kauri dieback spores in or out of any areas we enter.


Please always:

  • Scrub shoes thoroughly and then clean shoes with trigene or full-strength bleach when you enter or leave a bush area 

  • Keep a pair of shoes just for working in the bush 

Transporting weeds can spread Kauri dieback spores. Composting weeds on site is one method we use to preventing the spread of Kauri dieback, and weed bags are ideal for this.

Thanks to our Kauri Dieback Ambassadors

Auckland Council’s Kauri dieback ambassadors have provided valuable advice and help to STNN working bees. Thank you!



STNN Workshops

Contact an STNN neighbourhood co-ordinator to organise a weed treatment and identification workshop for your neighbours. Kauri dieback prevention measures are part of these workshops. 

Let Kauri breathe & feed

Keep clear of kauri – their tiny filamentous surface roots look a lot like spider webs - if you can see them, and feed the tree by forming a fine surface met within the litter mound surrounding each tree. Any object on the ground within an approximate area of 1 -3 times the reach of the canopy can starve the tree. Do not put topsoil or any other soil layer on the tree's litter mound, especially concrete, pavers, or any other object on the ground in the area under the tree that will bury the feeding, breathing roots. 


Love and protect your kauri's litter mound, keep its canopy area clear - they need to breathe and feed.

These pages were created with support of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board

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