16 May 2016

Waikato survey will check for kauri dieback

2:01 pm on 16 May 2016

An aerial survey of Waikato later this month will check forested areas for signs of kauri dieback disease.

A Kauri tree

There was no cure for kauri dieback disease, said Kim Parker. Photo: 123rf

It will be the first time the land between Port Waikato and Kawhia across to Morrinsville has been checked for the disease.

An expert observer on the flights will be looking for yellowing kauri leaves, canopy thinning and dead branches.

Waikato Regional Council biosecurity officer Kim Parker said there was no evidence of the disease so far but there were cases to the north in the Waitakere Ranges.

She said as there was no cure for the disease, prevention was the only option for keeping the trees alive.

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