Auckland Council says the region has come a long way in the fight against the highly contagious and deadly disease, kauri dieback. Projects to manage the spread and impact of the disease have included closing tracks and favourite urban walking routes, and providing footwear cleaning stations. Kauri is the fastest-growing native species we have. It also absorbs carbon faster than any other native tree both in its wood and in the soil. Associate Professor Bruce Burns of the University of Auckland, who has studied kauri for 25 years, says, “In terms of a strategy to store carbon, the best thing we could do is plant kauri.”