February 16, 2021
Iwi on board for kauri dieback push
Up to 30 jobs will be created among Northland iwi to tackle kauri dieback.
Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says the $3.5 million Jobs for Nature project will cover about half kauri forest in the region including Waipoua and Warawara, two of the country’s most significant tourist destinations, Tāne Mahuta and Te Rerenga Wairua or Cape Reinga, and islands including Aotea-Great Barrier and Te Hauturu o Toi-Little Barrier.
It’s a collaboration with Te Roroa, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Wai, and Ngāti Kurī.
She says kauri is vital to Māori culture, mana, and identity.
Lessons from the project will be shared with other iwi in kauri lands.
The kauri protection needs in each of these forests vary but include prevention, mitigation, education, behaviour change, treatment, restoration and surveillance.
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