Scientists have made a breakthrough in testing for kauri dieback.

They now know more about the disease and how it’s being spread which will aid efforts to eradicate the threat to our native trees.

Spores of the pathogen may spread through human activity, clinging to shoes, before seeming to swim to kauri roots, eating them from the bottom up.

Progress has been made on testing for the disease. The process has sped up, and can all be done on an app.  

Kauri dieback has led to a rāhui (environmental ban) being put in place in the Waitakere Ranges to protect the trees in the area.

Te Kawerau a Maki's CEO, Edward Ashby, says the iwi is happy to hear progress is being made in the fight against kauri dieback.

But for now, the research continues, and the rāhui will continue to ensure kauri survive.