Kauri tree on hill above Clarence Street, on the property formerly owned by Captain Wynyard, is a New Caledonian species, brought to New Zealand in 1864. A kauri on land purchased for a post office on Victoria Road was planted about 1874.
North Shore Times Advertiser, 06 May 2003; p. 1, 4
A kauri tree, about 90 years old, stands prominently within Leigh Scenic Reserve. Three women from the walking group of the 60s Up Movement's Glenfield branch reported a suggestion that the kauri is the third largest in the North Island.
The Kauri and Native Bushmen's Association is concerned that its input into Warkworth's Parry Kauri Park may hve been misconstrued, after a protest by Ann Judd over the care of a large kauri tree in the park.
Experts fear for the survival of kauri in the Waitakere Ranges after the discovery of a killer disease in remote areas. Photographs shows ranger Nick Waipara with dying kauri, and another shot of an affected tree.
Waitakere Ranges Protection Society secretary Mels Barton is worried about the phytophthora taxon agathis disease infecting healthy kauri and destroying the forest trees. Cases are confirmed in Conservation Department Pakiri reserves, Albany Scenic Reserve, Okura Reserve, and some private property on the Kaipara Harbour as well as in the Waitakere Ranges.
Kauri trees in Okura and Albany are dying of the disease
labelled phytophthera taxon agathis, or collar rot. Hundreds of kauri in Northland, Huia and the Waitakere Ranges already have the disease with fears growing for the ancient Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest near Dargaville.
Photograph of a kauri with bleeding gum around the base
which is a symptom of the disease.
Kauri are being attacked by a fungal disease that kills ancient and young trees. After research undertaken by Dr Ross Beever from Landcare Research and assisted by Dr Nick Waipara from Auckland Regional Council, the soil pathogen phytophthora taxon agathis, PTA, has been named as the culprit.
The kauri killing dieback disease has been found in Rodney, on Conservation Department land and private property at Pakiri, in the Okura and Albany scenic reserves, on private property in Waimauku and also on Great Barrier Island. With a sidebar with information for trampers on how to prevent the spread of the disease.
Glenfield walker, Leonard Sears, has discovered a kauri in Okura of similar size to a tree in Warkworth which is 800 years old and has a girth of 7.81 metres. He believes it is an important heritage monument and hopes its off-track site will be respected by dedicated walkers.
A North Shore kauri expert, John Hogan, needs help to discover the whereabouts of kauri trees that came from Sweetwater Nursery in Kaitaia in 1984. More than 550 were planted at Three Streams in Albany, and the whereabouts of others is needed.
Despite initial glitches, most Glenfield residents are happy about the next stages of the Glenfield Road upgrade. Public consultation has begun on the North Shore City Council proposal to plant kauri trees along a median strip in Glenfield Rd.
Kauri trees on the North Shore are under threat from kauri die back disease. Forest and Bird and Auckland Council are working together to set up kauri care stations at the entry points to Kauri Glen and Kauri Park in Birkenhead.
North Shore city is waiting for lab results to determine whether a disease threatening kauri, known as kauri dieback or phytophthora taxon agthis, has spread to kauri reserves on the Shore. Reserves containing kauri are Chatswood Reserve, Chelsea, Emlyn Place Reserve, Eskdale Reserve, Hadfield Street Reserve, Kauri Glen Reserve, Kauri Park, Kauri Point Centennial Park, Le Roys Bush, Odin Place Reserve, Paremoremo Scenic Reserve, Lady Phoenix Reserve, Three Streams Reserve, and Leigh Scenic Reserve.
Glenfield Road has had two groups of juvenile kauri trees planted along its median lanes. John Gillon, Kaipatiki Local Board member says the species is inappropriate due to the size they grow and the debris they will create. Photograph of John Gillon.
Residents fear a giant kauri's roots will be damaged if walkers, mountain bikers and trampers create their own tracks through the bush trying to find it. The tree has been likened to another kauri in Warkworth that's about 800 years old.