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Kauri Dieback

Kauri Dieback: the spread and management of disease.


Venture into kauri country and get connected with these mighty forest giants. New Zealand kauri are the largest (by volume) and among the longest-living trees in the world. They hold a special place in Māori culture and in the hearts of all who stand before them.

Today, a disease known as kauri dieback is threatening the existence of this taonga species. During this field trip you will discover how kauri dieback is a socio-scientific problem, whereby science, expert knowledge, mātauranga Māori, and community engagement and action are all essential parts in managing the disease. Gear up for this special field trip, and become informed and inspired to take some conservation action!

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This field trip will take you to two key destinations, Northland and Auckland. The kauri is a treasured feature of Northland. Northern iwi have a long association with Te Wao Nui a Tāne (the great realm of Tāne Mahuta) that goes back to the beginning of time. Kauri in Auckland are most notable out west, particularly in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park. There are numerous trees in the Waitākeres infected with kauri dieback, and some key areas are now scientific testing sites. Auckland is also home to several laboratories where further analysis of kauri dieback is being carried out.

Field Trip Plan

  • Planning Sequence: an example of how primary schools can make use of all field trip components for a 3-day virtual field trip - Word (652k) | PDF (311k) | Google Doc.
Monday 2 April

Travel day: Join Andrew and the ambassadors as they make their way to the starting point for this field trip. 

Tuesday 8 May

Theme day 1Kauri as a taonga - about kauri dieback and kauri kaitiaki.

Wednesday 9 May

Theme day 2Science of the disease - detecting kauri dieback, building knowledge and tools to manage kauri dieback.

Thursday 10 May

Theme day 3Changing behaviours - tools to control humans spreading kauri dieback, public messaging.

What's New

31 July 2018

Whangārei Heads School receive their kauri tree prize - watch the video and read the newspaper article.

Thursday 31 May

Students from Cambridge East School presented their learning from the field trip at assembly:

Monday 28 May

Students from Picton School have been busy with their kauri dieback study and other related projects - take a look here.