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Seeds harvested from McCahon's kauri

Last updated 05:00 27/05/2014
McCahon's cottage
Sam Hartnett

KAURI LIVES ON: Seeds from kauri trees around artist Colin McCahon’s Titirangi home will be used for research on kauri dieback disease.

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Colin McCahon's kauri will not only live on through his art, but will now live on in the name of science.

The New Zealand artist is well known for his more than 50 works inspired by kauri surrounding his former home in Titirangi.

Unfortunately it was discovered that a number of the giant kauri were hit by kauri dieback disease.

That discovery resulted in two infected trees having to be removed in 2013, while the others remain under threat.

In a bid to preserve the legacy of these kauri, Auckland Council's biosecurity team has collected seeds from the trees.

The harvested seeds will allow the council to conduct research on kauri dieback's impact on seed production and viability.

Experts will grow the seeds in a quarantined nursery over the next two years into saplings which will be known as McCahon Kauri.

There are plans in place to plant the kauri in public spaces and the public may even be able to have their own McCahon Kauri.

The project is being supported by McCahon House Trustees who are thrilled that future generations can enjoy the kauri.

The council says it will continue to work with McCahon House Trust to treat the remaining diseased kauri with phosphite in an ongoing trial.

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