Northland iwi take action against Kauri dieback

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A Northland iwi is set to impose a rahui or restriction today on two areas of forest north of Wellsford to try to stop the spread of Kauri dieback disease.

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Te Uri o Hau's ban will make the Pukekaroro and Pukeareinga mountain forests off-limits to hapeople to try and stop the spread of dieback,.

The disease has killed thousands of kauri over the past decade and is caused by spores that are transported in the soil, often by people.

Te Uri o Hau's Mikaere Miru says there is evidence of Kauri dieback at Pukekaroro Forest but Pukeareinga remains untouched at the moment, promping the restriction.

The disease has been found in several other Northland areas before including Waipoua, Omahuta and Russell.

In March, the Department of Conservation announced that the first case had been detected in the Coromandel.

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