Walkway fights kauri dieback

Pukemokemoke ReserveA new wooden walkway has been built at Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve in the fight against killer kauri dieback disease.

The 400m walkway project got underway late last year with the assistance of Waikato Regional Council.

In September a call-out was made for people to help lay planks on tracks so visitors wouldn’t walk on soil near trees – reducing the risk of the disease.   Council biosecurity officer Kim Parker said a bonus was the helpers would also get fitter carrying the planks up to the construction site – “So this sweaty work is a good chance to help out and get fitter at the same time.”

The work has now been completed, and Friends of Pukemokemoke chairman Warwick Silvester says the next phase is the construction of an automated bootwash station.

Pukemokemoke is a private bush reserve in Tauhei featuring spectacular remnant lowland forest, gifted to the country by David Johnstone.

Here are the photos of the team’s great work, sent in by Warwick:

Pukemokemoke walkway


Pukemokemoke Reserve


Pukemokemoke Reserve

Great work, everyone!

To find out more about the Friends of Pukemokemoke, email Warwick here. 

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2 thoughts on “Walkway fights kauri dieback

  • March 7, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations to all concerned. Looks great. For a great cause. Pukemokemoke is a fantastic piece of bush (or wood as they would say over here)
    ex Gordonton now Scotland (where sometimes the weather is just like the Waikato weather! Dreich. Yes that does mean lousey)

    • March 8, 2017 at 10:31 am

      Guid tae hear fae ye Don, but och, th’ waither ‘ere insae tae ill! (okay, tis pouring at th’ moment…)


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