12 Apr 2013

Tane Mahuta gets watering

11:21 am on 12 April 2013

New Zealand's best known and oldest tree is getting tens of thousands of litres of water to make sure it doesn't suffer badly from the drought.

The giant kauri Tane Mahuta in Northland's Waipoua Forest is estimated to be more than 2000 years old.

Over summer it had just a tenth of the rainfall it got last year.

An ecologist and conservationist for the Waipoua Forest Trust, Stephen King, says 40,000 litres of water is being trucked to the site or pumped in from a small nearby stream.

He says the drought is not unusual as it occurs in the area every 35 years, but the tree is still recovering from damage done decades ago by trampers.