You'll no doubt like us be saddened to learn that Kauri Dieback disease has now been found in Kaipatiki.
This means that we have to raise our awareness and for many people reluctantly change the way we interact with our favourite bush reserves.
And for those people with kauri on their own property, change the way we and our neighbours and visitors enjoy our own back yards.
It is always hard to feel you can't visit a place that you have loved and enjoyed for many years - perhaps cocooned in the belief that our native forests are immune to disease. But scientists have provided convincing evidence that our native bush is vulnerable to both kauri dieback and myrtle rust. If we want to protect our kauri forests, the solution is hard - we need to stop soil being tracked from one piece of bush to another - and even within that bush reserve.
Pest Free Kaipatiki has set up a Kauri Dieback Task Force that is working with the Kaipatiki Local Board and Auckland Council to try to minimise the risk of the disease spreading through kauri - whether it's in public reserves or private property. We would welcome more volunteers to help with this - please fill in the form on the Contact Us page if you'd like to help.
As a first step, the Task Force is encouraging people to avoid our most vulnerable kauri reserves by visiting those reserves without kauri and taking precautions in the other reserves.
To help make a difference, click here to read the latest on the best places to walk to keep our kauri reserves safe.
Council still has a number of soil samples to analyse - this page will be updated as new information comes to hand.
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