The Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association is marking the start of The Tree Council's Tree Week (3-11 October) by dressing up one of the Titirangi Roundabout statues as a kauri tree.

The installation includes signs with useful information to help people understand the best ways to keep their kauri healthy, manage sick trees and avoid the spread of kauri dieback disease.

In response to widespread public concern about the devastating effects of kauri dieback disease in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, and elsewhere in the Auckland Region, the group feels that more information needs to be shared.

"We want to give people the knowledge they need to better protect their healthy trees and the hope that they can manage any diseased trees on their property" says Chair Mels Barton.

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"In Titirangi there are so many sick and dying kauri trees that the situation feels hopeless, but it isn't. So we want to empower landowners and anyone coming onto their property with knowledge and give them hope that they can deal with their own trees health in a positive and constructive way. If we all work together we can stop the spread and keep kauri healthy in our community."

"Everyone loves kauri trees and we all know how important it is to keep disease-free trees healthy for the future. Help is available and research into the disease is ongoing so there is hope. We want to upskill our community so we all have a good level of knowledge and can work together to protect our forest environment."
If residents want to find out more the Laingholm and District Citizen's Association are hosting a public meeting on kauri dieback on Thursday 29 October at 7pm in the Laingholm Hall opposite the Primary School. Experts from Auckland Council and The Tree Council will be speaking. All are welcome.