Coromandel MP Scott Simpson welcomes additional kauri dieback funding

Monday, June 8, 2015

Funding to help protect native kauri trees will increase by nearly $500,000 following a very kind donation.

Through the Tindall and Aotearoa Foundations, Sir Stephen Tindall and Julian Robertson will contribute $480,000 over three years to protect kauri trees.

“This is a wonderful, generous gesture,” says Coromandel MP Scott Simpson.

“The kauri tree is a New Zealand treasure, and we’re fortunate here in the Coromandel to have a great number of them.

“This donation will primarily be focused on assisting private land owners. Many of our most precious kauri are on private land and some landowners simply don’t have capacity to provide resources to fight dieback on their land”.

This donation will assist greatly in taking the fight to parts of our region currently under threat said Mr Simpson.

All of us on the Coromandel are committed to help “Keep Kauri Standing.”

“This funding gift will help to tackle the spread of kauri dieback, something I know will be welcomed locally. DoC and the Ministry for Primary Industries are doing stellar work to stop the spread of kauri dieback, thanks to this extra funding the overall effort is going to be even more effective.

“I thank Sir Stephen Tindall and Julian Robertson, this is a gift that’s going to go a long way in the area and will be truly appreciated,’” Mr Simpson says.

As well as the focus on tress located on private property the donation will see $100,000 a year spent directly funding hygiene stations at track entrances and on public education. Another $60,000 a year will be used to support local kauri protection groups, schools and iwi, in their efforts.