Kauri dieback is the greatest threat to conservation in northern New Zealand, Stuff reports. “We’re in a battle for death here,” says Jack Craw, Northland Regional councillor, talking about how a single organism could wipe out the iconic kauri. Alan McKenzie, manager of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Tiakina Kauri programme, says a National Pest Management Plan for kauri dieback will make a difference. The plan will be implemented in August, replacing the problematic voluntary compliance, and backed by fines of up to $5000 for an individual or $15,000 for a company.

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