April 27, 2018
Forest users slow to see kauri risk
The head of Auckland Council’s effort to counter Kauri die back disease says a lot more can be done to improve biosecurity around the region’s forests.
Nick Waipara has been out and about in the Waitakere Ranges and other threatened areas looking at the effectiveness of cleaning stations and the state of the tracks.
He says even with a rahui on some of the most affected areas, the level of awareness about the soil-borne disease is still low.
"Even locals in Titirangi and other places that are right on the doorstep of this biosecurity problem still don’t know enough or are confused. There are people not realising it is their dirty shoes that can spread the disease so we have a lot of mahi to do to really engage people," Dr Waipara says.
The cleaning stations are good if used properly but a lot of people skip through them or even bush-bash around them.
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