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Spreading the Word to Save Our Kauri Forests

Spreading the Word to Save Our Kauri Forests

The Kauri Dieback Programme and Bivouac Outdoor have joined up to share the message on preventing the spread of kauri dieback disease with outdoor enthusiasts.

Kauri dieback kills kauri trees of all ages and sizes. There is no known cure as yet so our only options are to contain it, and prevent it spreading to healthy kauri. This means asking people to remove and clean all soil from their gear (shoes, clothing and bikes and so on) and keep to the tracks when visiting kauri forests.

Bivouac Outdoor is helping spread the word by trialling the sale of cleaning kits direct to the public from Bivouac’s four Auckland stores in Albany, Newmarket, Sylvia Park and Queen Street. These kits include: a scrubbing brush, 500ml trigene spray, and a dirty gear bag. Posters are also in store to raise awareness of the disease.

They also send their customers’ kauri dieback factsheets along with their online purchases, and have the Programme contribute to Bivouac’s online blog, which reaches several thousand outdoor enthusiasts every month - many of who live in, or near kauri land.

‘We will only keep kauri standing for future generations with the publics’ help,’ says Kauri Dieback Programme Leadership Team Chair, Erik van Eyndhoven. ‘So having organisations like Bivouac Outdoor spread the word is critical in protecting our unique forests and everything that lives within them.’

‘Our customers love New Zealand’s great outdoors, and its great our organisation can play a part in protecting such an iconic part of our country’s landscape,’ said Wayne Martin, owner and director of Bivouac Outdoor.

Help ‘spread the word and not the disease’, by visiting the Kauri Dieback Programme website and following us on Facebook.


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