It's a disease that has been in the land for ions but only in recent years has it began wiping out forest kauri and this was the focus of a national symposium this weekend, aimed and creating a strategy and initiating practices to find a cure for kauri dieback.
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Dieback starts in the soil, it infects kauri roots and damages the tissues that carry nutrients within the tree. Infected trees show symptoms including lesions that bleed gum, loss of leaves and ultimately the whole tree itself dies.
"Celebrate Conservation" - that was the theme of this year's Conservation Week.
An expert environmentalist, today Stephen King returned to Waipoua Forest to check on the health of Tāne Mahuta.