10th of July 2018BioPak gives back

Forest & Bird – our new conservation partner in New Zealand

We have expanded our ‘1% of profits donated to rainforest protection’ program to contribute to the wonderful work of the leading independent conservation organisation in New Zealand: Forest & Bird. Forest & Bird is the voice for nature, working to protect and restore Aotearoa's wild places and the wildlife that call them home. BioPak is proud to support Forest & Bird’s campaign to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease which causes the kauri tree, an ancient and spiritual tree native to New Zealand, to starve. 

As a responsible business, BioPak have an obligation to preserve and protect the environment and to give back and support the communities in which we operate. We also strive to align our core values with those of our valued partners, and believe in meaningful partnerships that truly make a difference for our planet.

Protecting trees is one of BioPak’s primary objectives, and so important for world health – they are the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise soil and support the world’s wildlife.

Therefore, we are extremely proud to to be working with Forest & Bird to protect the kauri tree in New Zealand. They are calling for the Ministry for Primary Industry to make urgent and drastic changes to the national Kauri Dieback Programme, changes that are vital to prevent the extinction of this iconic species. Since 1923, Forest & Bird has played a crucial role in preserving New Zealand’s environment and native species. They've helped establish conservation protection for a third of New Zealand’s land mass, and put an end to logging publicly-owned native forests.

Spiritual and Ancient, Kauri Trees are the Oldest and Tallest in the World

There is a very good reason why the Kauri Coast and Waipoua Forest is called ‘ancient’ – it is home to trees which have been living for 2,000-3,000 years. These iconic trees have really stood the test of time and today are mighty giants which have a special place in Maori culture.

Tane Mahuta is the largest known Kauri in the world, it is an internationally renowned icon called the ‘Spiritual God of the Forest’ and is estimated to be at least 2,000 years old.

Protecting the Native Kauri: Why it Matters

Kauri trees are found amongst other native trees throughout the Upper North Island (NZ). But unfortunately kauri dieback disease is threatening these trees with extinction and to date there is no cure for it. It is an incurable, fatal disease caused by a microscopic spore that attacks the roots and trunk of kauri trees, damaging the tissue that carries nutrients, and causing them to starve. If we lose kauri, we will lose these species too. Kauri are a keystone species and create a unique acidic soil type called a kauri podsol. At least 17 other species depend entirely on kauri and this soil type in order to survive.

Forest & Bird is campaigning for urgent and drastic changes to the national Kauri Dieback Programme.  To name a few initiatives they are calling for changes to be made to the way the Kauri Dieback Programme is run, for instance through the establishment of an independent National Pest Management agency, governed with representation from community experts, science, environmental groups, and relevant government agencies. They are also calling for the total closure of all forests with healthy kauri and the control of feral pigs and other introduced mammals – to slow and prevent the spread of the disease. Forest & Bird are also advocating for an urgent focus on research – in particular, a cure for the disease.

Better Together

Together with our customers, we are able to support Forest & Bird in preserving the Waipoua Forest which is vital to New Zealand’s land and wildlife. Through our networks we will help raise awareness for protecting this pristine environment and our donations will significantly increase the effectiveness of the wonderful work of Forest & Bird to support the health of the kauri tree and therefore the planet.