Ngā rākau taketake – combatting kauri dieback and myrtle rust

The Government invested $34.5 million in a Strategic Science Investment Fund (SSIF) research platform to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust.

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge is hosting and implementing the platform over a 5 year period from 1 May 2019 to March 2024.

MBIE funding

In November 2018, initial funding of $13.75 million over 3 years was announced.  In 2019, a further $20.75 million was announced for the development of tools to help manage kauri dieback.

About the research

Research is aligned to both the research priorities identified in the kauri dieback and myrtle rust science plans and the Challenge’s objective of protecting our biodiversity, improving our biosecurity and enhancing our resilience to harmful organisms.

Kauri dieback science plan [PDF, 1.1 MB](external link) — Kauri protection

Myrtle rust science plan(external link) — Myrtle Rust in New Zealand

The research will focus and accelerate current work being done by Government agencies, councils, research providers, Māori and interest groups.

The Platform was reviewed in May 2023. Read the report:

Below is the contracted public statement from New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Annual updates

Recipients of SSIF funding report yearly on the progress of their work programme. Below are New Zealand’s Biological Heritage’s public updates from their annual reports.

More information

For more information visit the Ngā Rakau Taketake Saving Our Iconic Trees web page:

Ngā Rakau Taketake(external link) — New Zealand's Biological Heritage

Last updated: 09 April 2024