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A fungus from a group that ravages trees around the world is now infesting New Zealand's ancient, symbolic kauris. (Waipoua Forest Trust)

A Pox Upon the Kauri

New Zealanders rally to save their much-loved, 2,000-year-old national symbol

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If there's one thing the kauri tree has taught its passionate admirers, it's to take the long view. The tree, after all, is a survivor. For a species that's been so heavily plundered, says Beachman, "it's been pretty resilient."

Debora Vrana is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles.

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