July 08, 2015
Kauri threat highlighted in carving project
The Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau are back in action, and they want people to become more aware of a problem affecting their rakau rangatira.
The mana whenua carving collective will be based at the Silo on Auckland's waterfront through Matariki and on to August 20 working on a number of commissions.
Spokesperson Rewi Spraggon says visitors will not just see the carvers but will learn about kauri die back disease.
"When you come down to the Silos you have to wash your feet before you come in, like in one of the parks. The scientists are still trying to find the disease and how they can cure it. Scrubbing the boots is one way to prevent it spreading to the forest," he says.
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