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Got a kauri in your garden? You may need a resource consent.

05 December 2019

If you have a kauri tree on or near your property and you live in an urban area, then you’ll be required to get a resource consent and develop a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan for any earthworks, (like building a new fence, putting in a vegetable garden), or for activities like pulling up plants and disposing of them.

These are just some of the examples of proposed new earthworks rules the Environment Court had directed our Council and Department of Conservation (DOC) to get public feedback on, to look at ways to manage kauri dieback in urban zones of our district in the Proposed District Plan.

The proposed rules would require people carrying out earthworks within a ‘kauri hygiene zone’ to obtain resource consent. A kauri tree’s ‘hygiene zone’ is the area covered by its root system and is three times the radius of the tree’s canopy.

The proposed rules would also require a Kauri Dieback Disease Risk Management Plan, which would set out the procedures to be followed to avoid the risk of the spread of kauri dieback disease.  It would also need to spell out how the movement of soil and organic matter from earthworks would be managed.

We’ve been holding meetings around the district and in Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton to get feedback on the proposals.  Submissions close 24 January 2020. Next week we’re hosting a live feed on our Council’s Facebook page to provide more context about what the Environment Court is directing. If you have any questions you want to be answered, send us an email

Consultation drop-in sessions. (From 3-5pm)

  • Hamilton - 11 December 2019, Beca offices, Level 2, Waitomo House, 6 Garden Place, Hamilton
  • Tauranga - 13 December 2019, Beca offices, 32 Harrington Street, Tauranga
  • Auckland - 16 December 2019 Brookfields Lawyers offices, Level 9, Tower One 205 Queen Street, Auckland

Marae consultation workshops

  • Harataunga Marae - 3pm-6pm, 17 December 2019, 1254 Kennedy Bay Road, Kennedy Bay
  • Pōwhiri starts at 3pm
  • Matai Whetu Marae -2pm-6pm, 9 December 2019, 12 Ngati Maru Highway, Kopu
  • Pōwhiri starts at 2pm


There are a number of ways you can make a submission

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email

For more background check out our project page.