13 Mar 2020

Kauri dieback plan near completion - minister

6:21 am on 13 March 2020

Work on funding a plan to tackle kauri dieback is close to completion, Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor says.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor at the government's announcement on agricultural emission 24 October

Biosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Forest & Bird on Thursday confirmed the disease had reached Northland's Puketi Forest, one of just two areas in the world with unlogged kauri.

The organisation criticised the government for stalling funding for a National Pest Management Plan completed last year.

O'Connor said he was committed to protecting kauri and was working with officials on options for implementing the plan now.

"In the meantime, central and local government continue to invest and work on protecting kauri."

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