18 Nov 2013

Hui to explores how to save kauri from death

7:21 pm on 18 November 2013

An upcoming hui will explore ways to save one of the country's native rakau, the Kauri tree, from being wiped out by disease.

The Auckland City Council says about 13,500 hectares of the native rakau in the region is being affected by the kauri dieback disease.

An infected tree could have yellow foliage, loss of leaves, develop lesions that bleed resin and, in some cases, the roots could rot.

Scion's Dr Peter Scott says the 30 November hui, being hosted by the University of Auckland, Auckland Council and Scion, will be an opportunity for scientists to show what they've achieved and what's needed to combat the disease.

Guest speakers will also include politicians and iwi representatives.

Event spokesperson and council biosecurity manager Jack Craw, says hui is a chance to encourage open dialogue and ongoing action. It will be held at Auckland University and is open to anyone interested in learning about the conservation of Kauri trees.