December 03, 2019
More help needed for iwi in kauri die back fight
Greens co-leader Marama Davidson wants to see more support for the efforts of mana whenua groups tackling kauri die back disease.
The Māori affairs select committee this week visited Waipoua Forest in Northland to see the work of Te Roroa in protecting its ngahere.
Ms Davidson says it was the first time her fellow MPs had seen the forest and its rangatira tree, Tāne Mahuta.
It highlighted to lead role many hapū and iwi are playing alongside scientists.
"Government needs to step up with funding, recognition for support, things like putting more people as ambassadors at visiting sites, making sure the tracks that need to stay shut are shut, making sure we are monitoring and detecting the pathogen as It moves through our soils and just supporting the work on the ground that needs to happen," Ms Davidson says.
Marama Davidson says there is a major risk of losing more thousand year forest giants.
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