Native Affairs - A Great Loss

"Celebrate Conservation" that was the theme of this year's Conservation Week.

But when it comes to our greatest native, the kauri - there isn't much to celebrate.  That's because our kauri are dying of a highly contagious and aggressive disease called 'Kauri Dieback'. 

While $85mil was spent saving pine trees from the 'painted apple moth' and $50mil was made available to eradicate the kiwifruit industry's PSA, just $5mil has been spent saving the kauri.

Billie Jo Hohepa-Ropiha with this report.