Arborist says forest is ‘knackered’ in midst of Kauri dieback


Kauri dieback has been a hot topic lately. Auckland Council voted this Tuesday to support, but not enforce, Te Kawerau a Maki ’s Rāhui on the Waitakere ranges.

Arborist Fredrik Hjelm joins Tony Murrell in the Home & Garden studio to discuss Kauri dieback and what impact it may have.

Mr Hjelm’s company, The Living Tree Company, leads the ground truthing surveys that provided the data for the latest reports about the dramatic spread of Kauri dieback throughout the Waitakeres.

His team spent the last three years walking the 256 km of track --- inspecting 22,744 kauri within the Waitakere region for signs of infection.

“The forest is knackered,” says Hjelm.  “…Give the forest some rest.”

Mr Hjelm explains that New Zealand needs to education people, upgrade the tracks, and ensure the cleaning stations are actually working. 

Listen to the full interview with Fredrik Hjelm above.

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