McCahon's Kauri to be cut down

SIMON DAY
Last updated 17:17 25/01/2013
Kauri
DYING OFF: An example of a dieback lesion where resin bleeds from the lower part of the trunk.

Relevant offers

Entertainment

Kanye thinks Bill Cosby is innocent? Warner about to settle 'Happy Birthday' copyright suit for US$14 million HBO's Vinyl: For Mick Jagger, the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll of the show is a familiar world Kiwi secures regular spot in popular drama Home and Away City councillor questions whether Jackson needs ratepayer help for film museum Super trainer Jillian Michaels was ready to leave The Biggest Loser behind Chinese Lantern Festival gets bike friendly Dying mum's wish granted: a special gig from Fat Freddy's Drop First look at Fuller House DMX released from hospital, asthma possible cause of collapse

Two iconic kauri trees that inspired paintings by Colin McCahon will be felled after being infected with kauri dieback disease.

The trees, located at the McCahon House in French Bay, West Auckland, will be cut down next Tuesday and a ceremony will be held to mark the occasion. 

A further 23 kauri have tested positive for the disease.

McCahon lived at the property with his family in the 1950s and painted many of the 29 kauri there. 

The site is considered one of the most culturally important areas for kauri in Auckland.

Kauri dieback is a deadly disease caused by a microscopic fungus that infects the trees' roots through the soil and can kill kauri of all ages. There is no known treatment.

The felled trees will be used by a researcher from the Kauri Dieback Management Programme to determine whether the disease survives in the tree and whether the timber can be used without risk of spreading the disease.

Auckland Council Biosecurity has worked with the McCahon House Trust over the last four years to assess the extent of the infection and to contain it. 

The council has also been facilitating treatment trials at the French Bay property since August 2012.

"Auckland Council has made considerable progress in managing the disease," Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum Chair Councillor Sandra Coney said.

 "We still have more to learn about the disease and what can be done to halt the death of infected trees and prevent disease spread."

The McCahon House Trust has pledged support for treatment trials underway at the property and is keen to raise public awareness of the disease.

To help prevent the spread of the disease clean your shoes, tyres and other gear before and after visiting kauri forests, stay on designated tracks and keep off kauri roots.

Ad Feedback

- Auckland Now

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content