Come and visit the Kauri Rescue stand at the MaCahon Kauri Project, on Sunday August 6 at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.
The McCahon Kauri Project is a collaborative project to both fund raise and regenerate kauri growth, six hundred disease free 'McCahon kauri' saplings will be available to purchase at a free Kauri Community Day on 6 August in Titirangi at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.
The saplings are available to order now directly from firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 09 817 6148.
If you don't have room for a tree in your backyard, you can be a sponsor and the tree will be provided to a suitable home and you will receive a commemorative numbered booklet about the project.
The trees are $50 each and in keeping with their legacy, they will be released as a 2017 limited edition. Each tree will be accompanied by a booklet, recording its unique edition number, along with information about its heritage, and how to plant and care for the sapling.
Public discussion from 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Kauri Community day also features talks by Dr Nick Waipara, Principal Biosecurity Advisor, Auckland Council and Kauri Rescue team member; Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, a former McCahon House artist-in-resident and biodynamic gardener; and Julia Waite, curator of Freedom & Structure, a painting show currently touring New Zealand which includes McCahon's French Bay and Kauri paintings
The McCahon Kauri Project is a collaboration between:
McCahon House Trust; Te Kawerau a Maki; The Kauri Project; Auckland Biosecurity; Auckland Botanic Gardens
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In this issue:
Do you have Kauri on your property?
Showcasing Kauri Rescue
Introducing Plant & Food's Dr. Linley Jesson
Kauri Rescue in the media - in West Auckland
Our next event - 'Caring for Your Kauri' Hui
Conversations with our pilot group
News in Brief
Download the first edition of our Kauri Rescue newsletter - which will be produced three times each year.
In this March issue:
Introducing the project & find out about the launch.
Pilot study gets underway in Titirangi.
Meet the Kauri Rescue Team.
Have your say.
Kauri RescueTM otherwise known as Community Control of Kauri Dieback: Tiaki Kauri is engaging the public to refine a new citizen science tool for the treatment of Kauri Dieback Disease, which is affecting many kauri forests in northern New Zealand. The project team is recruiting private landowners to work alongside scientists to treat their own trees by injecting a compound called Phosphite which has shown great promise in scientific trials.
On Saturday March 4, Dr Ian Horner, Lee Hill, Dr Marie McEntee and eight community members from Titirangi gathered at a resident's property to begin the Kauri Rescue pilot trial. At the practical workshop Ian introduced the pilot group to the process of treating their trees with Phosphite. The group will now treat their own trees and record their observations and they will also assist the Kauri Rescue science team to fine tune the project participants' field manual before it is more widely released in the second phase of the project that will begin in April.
The pilot group, who have trees on their properties with confirmed kauri dieback disease were relieved to be finally engaged in attempting to halt the devastating effect of dieback. Over the next three weeks they will inject their trees with phosphite and make initial observations as a first important step in participating in this trial.
If you would like to become a participant in the Phase 2 trials, please contact us using our contact form on the website. The Kauri Rescue project will also shortly expand beyond Titirangi to Northland and the Coromandel and updates will be posted here as this occurs.
You can join the team in a number of ways:
Become a Phase 2 participant.
If you know or suspect that you have Kauri Dieback on your residential or rural property in Auckland, Northland or Coromandel, you can join 'Phase 2' of this project which will begin in May. To find out more about this please fill in our form: I want to treat my kauri. Team member Lee Hill can organise a free assessment of your kauri tree(s) and soil to confirm Kauri Dieback, through your local Council - although alternative testing can be provided, at a cost (see our form for details about this). It is important this testing is undertaken as only sites with confirmed Kauri Dieback can be included in the trial.
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The Kauri Rescue project was officially launched on February 9, to a large and enthusiastic audience in Titirangi. Speakers from the Kauri Rescue team outlined the project's aims, and answered a variety of questions from the audience.
It is clear from the feedback received on the night that Waitakere residents are keen to engage and are excited to see that they can make a contribution to rescuing kauri from the devastating dieback disease.
Kauri Rescue is a citizen science initiative, which will see residents with known dieback in their Kauri trees apply phosphite treatment in an effort to protect the tree from the disease. In addition Matauranga Maori solutions will be explored to investigate alternative treatments. A pilot study will begin in late February with about 10 residents who have known dieback on their property and then expand to a wider group of participants in April.
If you are interested in participating please fill in our contact form.
Check out our merchandise, including t-shirts, bags and hats
Link to Stuff's interview with Dr Ian Horner, including some great images of successes with phosphite.
Read the article in Titirangi's community newsletter - The Fringe - calling on Waitekere residents to join the team.
Team members Lee Hill and Nick Waipara have recently been involved in a project to give Kauri a voice. The bleeds on a dieback infected kauri tree were converted to music which was then played by members of the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. View the video.
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