Kauri Seedlings Planted on Rotoroa

9th August 2018

Kauri seedlings, grown from Kauri at the iconic Colin McCahon House have been planted on the island by volunteers.

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New Kauri trees have been planted. Credits: Photo - Getty Images. Video - Newshub.
One-hundred Kauri seedlings, grown from kauri at the iconic Colin McCahon House in Titirangi, have been planted on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
Many of the trees that iconic New Zealand artist McMahon painted are dying from kauri dieback.
The trees, although only small, already carry a rich history.
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"The trees that they came from are now dying of kauri dieback, so there's a sort of poignancy to this planting here today," Alison Henry of Kauri 2000 Trust says.
The seedlings have been grown from the cones of kauri that famously feature in Colin McCahon's paintings.
His house in Titirangi is surrounded by kauri - a site that has since been badly affected by kauri dieback.
Chair of McCahon House Trust Cynthia Smith says 25 of the kauri at McCahon House have been afflicted by the disease.
The precious kauri cargo was ferried across to the island, that sits in the Hauraki Gulf.
Volunteers from The Kauri 2000 Trust, the Colin McCahon House Trust, and the Bank of New Zealand, who bought the seedlings, took them to the planting site.
The miniature kauri has been carefully grown and very closely quarantined.

This wonderful opportunity was initiated by The Kauri 2000 Trust and along with the Colin McCahon House Trust, and Rotoroa supporters the Bank of New Zealand, it's a fabulous example of conservation working when we all pitch in!

One-hundred Kauri seedlings, grown from kauri at the Colin McCahon House in Titirangi, very closely quarantined before being brought over to Rotoroa Island and planted by keen volunteers.

The trees, although only small, already carry a rich history.

"The trees that they came from are now dying of kauri dieback, so there's a sort of poignancy to this planting here today," Alison Henry of Kauri 2000 Trust says.

We love that this project brings together two passions - art and conservation and look forward to seeing these trees grow tall on the island.

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