Kauri signs erected
New road signs reinforcing the need to protect the kauri from dieback disease have been installed in the Coromandel. The signs alert travellers they’re arriving at a kauri protection area and need to clean footwear and equipment when entering and leaving kauri forests. The purpose of the signs is to help build a stronger message around the importance of following the cleaning steps when anyone visits kauri forests. This is to make sure kauri will still be around for the next generation of visitors, Biosecurity New Zealand’s John Sanson said. ‘‘This is because people are still the biggest factor in spreading the disease, through contaminated soil being collected on boots and gear.’’ Six of the signs have already been placed along high traffic locations in parts of the Coromandel, while two of the new signs are due to be placed at entry points to Northland’s Waipoua Forest on along State Highway 12, home of Tane Mahuta and other iconic trees.