Kauri are the kings of the forest and one of Aotearoa’s unique taonga. In the Bay of Plenty, there has been no Kauri dieback detected to date and we need your help to keep it that way


  • Kauri trees belong to one of the world's oldest family of trees - the Araucariaceae (ora-care-ree-a-see) family.

  • The height of a kauri tree averages 30-40 metres and can survive for 1,000 years or more!

  • Kauri forests once covered 1.2 million hectares from the far north of Northland to Huntly, making them a common tree when the first people arrived in our country 1,000 years ago.

  • Tāne Mahuta, also called God of the Forest, is the tallest and oldest kauri tree in New Zealand, standing at 58ft with an estimated age of 2000.

  • Many plants and animals have evolved to live on and around kauri trees. If too many kauri trees die, these plant species could go extinct.


  • Kauri disease is caused by a fungus-like organism that lives in the soil and infects kauri roots, reducing the tree's ability to take water and nutrients from the soil and transport it throughout the tree.
  • Almost all kauri that get infected by the disease die, regardless of their age as there is no proven cure or treatment.
  • We are a key contributor to the spread of the disease as it can hitch a ride on footwear, equipment and vehicles, as well as animals.
  • It only takes a pinhead size of soil to spread the disease!