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Source: Auckland Council

New Zealanders have learned a lot about epidemiology and science in the last 18 months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the council, we’re applying an epidemiological approach to monitoring kauri health to help us understand and manage the spread of kauri dieback disease.

The latest kauri monitoring and surveillance programme has begun in the Waitākere Ranges with teams setting out to understand how the disease is impacting individual trees and the wider kauri population.

You can learn more about the council’s approach to kauri dieback on our website.

Visit Keep Kauri Standing for updates on kauri dieback and for more information on the disease.

Upcoming webinar

To find out more about our 2021 kauri dieback monitoring programme, please join our webinar on Thursday 20 May, 7pm–8pm. Registrations will be open on the day of the event.

Our panel of experts will discuss how this year’s programme differs from previous years, and how the data we collect will inform how we manage the disease in the future.


  • Lisa Tolich, Kauri Dieback Manager, Environmental Services, Auckland Council
  • Dr Karyn Froud, Biosecurity Scientist and Epidemiologist at Biosecurity Research.

Moderator: Prof. Margaret Stanley, Associate Professor in Ecology with the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity, University of Auckland.

The presentation will be followed by a brief Q&A session, and the full webinar will be available to view after the session.

To find out more, visit OurAuckland, and join our mailing list to receive the Keep Kauri Standing newsletters.

Kauri health survey in Waitākere Ranges

Auckland Council surveys public land to monitor kauri dieback disease and for the first time will be extending its approach to include healthy trees in its studies.

Lisa Tolich says new remote sensing technology means that over the past few years, the council has been able to get a good estimate on how many individual kauri trees are in the ranges, and from that, draw a sample of trees to survey.

“We are giving 3500 kauri in the Waitākere Ranges a full health check and will continue monitoring these specific trees for years to come,” she says.

Read more about the survey here

What’s on the horizon for kauri tracks in 2021

Work is underway on tracks across the region.

Several tracks in the regional park network have already re-opened with upgrade works to others either underway or about to start.

Click here for a list of tracks in progress in 2021.