Northern News : November 3
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Contact: Bill Easton 027 479 0214 Tender Closes: 2pm - 12th November 2010 Kerikeri Professionals Ofﬁce 74 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Ref # PKK11966 bay of islands realty ltd MREINZ Licensed Agent REAA 2008 www.boiprofessionals.co.nz FREE Tai Chi Seminar By Steve D Allen -- Master of Taoist Healing & Martial Arts Wednesday 10th November 5.30pm Social Centre - Wendywood Lane, Kerikeri Followed by Workshop Taoist Healing & Martial Arts Saturday 13th November 9-3pm Social Centre - Wendywood Lane, Kerikeri For more information contact Chrissy 021 126 4438 or 09 407 7765 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 3240249AA Killer closes in on kauri king At risk: The world's largest kauri Tane Mahuta. By RICHARD EDMONDSON Kauri giants in Waipoua For- est are at risk while DOC dithers over how to control a killer fungus, says a trust set up to protect the forest. Waipoua Forest Trust founder and project manager Stephen King says his team found a tree 200 metres from Tane Mahuta infected with phytophthora taxon agathis in April. Despite the discovery, the Conservation Department hasn't replaced gravel walk- ing tracks to the 2000-year- old tree, or other large kauri in the forest, with boardwalks to protect tree roots. There have been meetings and talks but no action. It leaves us scratching our heads and wondering what is happening,'' Mr King says. Raised walkways aren't costly and would reduce soil compaction, improve drain- age and make it harder for the fungus to thrive, he says. If we remove the unnatu- ral stresses on the forest, we tip the balance of nature back to its proper state and the for- est can look after itself.'' Mr King also accuses DOC of failing to reduce the forest's population of pigs which dig around tree roots and spread infected soil on their hooves. Pigs are one of the reasons why the disease is spreading rapidly through the Waita- kere Ranges.'' DOC and other agencies that make up the kauri die- back management team have also been slow to organise a health survey of the forest, an exercise his trust should be involved in. It's folly to think they can design a good survey from an office in Auckland.'' He also wonders why they're not trialling dieback treatments, including root drenching with phosphite which is marketed as a fungi- cide, fertiliser and bio stimu- lant. It gives the tree a fighting edge over infection by boost- ing its nutritional status.'' DOC spokeswoman Hilary Aikman says diagnostic tools to reliably identify the dis- ease have just become avail- able. Six trees in Waipoua, Trounson and Raetea kauri forests have tested positive for PTA, while other trees with apparent dieback symptoms haven't. Symptoms in trees can be produced by a range of other disease and environmental factors so positive identifi- cation is not a simple pro- cess.'' None of the larger kauri, including Tane Mahuta and the world's second largest kauri Te Matua Ngahere, have tested positive. DOC has built new board- walks around Tane Mahuta and erected signs reminding people to keep to walking tracks. There is a development programme in place for the area to do what we can to combat the things we think are contributing to the spread and effects of the disease.'' It isn't reducing pig numbers in Waipoua because their role in spreading PTA is not fully understood and a widespread pig control pro- gramme would be a major undertaking. Sampling work is about to begin to identify which forests are infected and which areas may be disease-free. With this information, we will be able to make decisions about things like cleaning stations, hygiene requirements and control actions that could include track or forest closures.'' The management team is also about to start a four-year research programme that will investigate successful treat- ment methods. Ancient kauri maps out New Zealand Fine detail: Art Hansen with his carved New Zealand map that is installed at the Waitangi Copthorne. It has taken Art Hansen 225 hours and 15 blades fitted to a modified band- saw to create this backlit kauri map of New Zealand. The artwork was un- veiled last week and is on loan to the Copthorne Hotel at Waitangi where general manager Simon Boyle is building up a col- lection of New Zealand art to celebrate where we are. The map is carved out of a single ancient kauri slab. It is complemented by let- tering made from root kauri and framed in black- wood. It is 1.6 metres high x 1.1 metres wide. The carved map is to scale: 1:1 million -- apart from Fare- well Spit that proved too fine to carve from timber. Art Hansen is an engin- eer, a builder and member of the original Hansen fam- ily that settled in the Bay of Islands in 1814. He is remembered in Kerikeri for a model railway he built and displayed in 1993 at the old Orange Centre, before taking it to Paihia where it was destroyed by fire.
November 10th 2010