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Plant movement must stop

Plant movement must stop

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust. “In order to contain the disease it is vital for the current outbreaks in Kerikeri, Taranaki, Te… More

Warkworth Macrocarpa Saved

The Tree Council has received the decision refusing the application by Warkworth Investments Ltd to remove a scheduled macrocarpa tree from 41 Queen St and 14-16 Neville St, Warkworth. We made submissions opposing the removal and attended the hearing in November 2016. This tree is a member of a group of scheduled trees that form a… More

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Plant movement must stop

Plant movement must stop

The Tree Council is calling for the Ministry for Primary Industries to use its powers under the Biosecurity Act and implement a temporary ban on all plant movement across New Zealand to prevent the spread of Myrtle Rust.

“In order to contain the disease it is vital for the current outbreaks in Kerikeri, Taranaki, Te Kuiti and now Te Puke to be contained and all infected plants to be identified and destroyed” said The Tree Council’s Chair Sean Freeman.

“While Myrtle Rust may spread slowly via wind dispersal of spores there will be far more rapid spread via plant movement, especially infected plants, and on people’s equipment, clothes and skin. During the current planting season the risk is extremely high that unidentified infections will be spread this way and the resulting multiplying spread and outbreaks will be extremely difficult to deal with.”

“We are urging MPI to take emergency action now to contain the spread so the field operations teams have a chance to deal effectively with the current outbreaks. We must act immediately or widespread infection will be too difficult to treat and the whole of New Zealand risks being infected.”

The incidence of Myrtle Rust in Australia has shown that it spreads rapidly and affects many species (up to 300 in Australia) but that early containment, identification and destruction of infected plants can stop the spread.

Press Release: for immediate release Tuesday 19 June 2017

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Warkworth Macrocarpa Saved

The Tree Council has received the decision refusing the application by Warkworth Investments Ltd to remove a scheduled macrocarpa tree from 41 Queen St and 14-16 Neville St, Warkworth. We made submissions opposing the removal and attended the hearing in November 2016. This tree is a member of a group of scheduled trees that form a… Continue Reading

Graham’s Bush Appeal Resolved

Graham’s Bush Appeal Resolved

In a small gully in South Auckland is a botanical gem, a real taonga, a fragment of the lowland podocarp-broadleaf forest that once covered the Manukau lowlands. This fragment is called Graham’s Bush and has been owned and cared for by the late Graham Cheesman and his family for the last 17 years. Thanks to… Continue Reading

Bus Tour of Auckland’s Heritage Trees

Bus Tour of Auckland’s Heritage Trees

Learn about the unique history and values of some of Auckland’s finest trees in their historic settings on The Tree Council’s bus tour, part of the Auckland Heritage Festival. It will be led by Penny Cliffin, a former Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Landscape Architecture at Unitec, and Dr Mike Wilcox, author of Auckland’s… Continue Reading

Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Appeal of Graham’s Bush Decision

Environmental advocacy group The Tree Council has lodged an appeal with the Environment Court against the decision by Auckland Transport to accept the Notices of Requirement recommended by Commissioners on behalf of the consent authority for the Redoubt Road-Mill Road corridor upgrade. “The Tree Council was disappointed that the Commissioners accepted Auckland Transport’s proposals without… Continue Reading

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

Appeal on Fowld’s Park

The Tree Council has joined the appeal by the Friends of Fowld’s Park Inc of the decision of Auckland Council to install an artificial turf with retaining wall and fencing at Fowld’s Park in Western Springs. The proposal will result in the removal of a number of trees, significant alteration of the park’s landscape design… Continue Reading

Tree Week is Coming!

Tree Week is Coming!

As a way of achieving a better understanding of the role and value of trees in the urban environment The Tree Council is proud to announce New Zealand Tree Week will be held from 4 to 11 October 2015. “Following the changes to the Resource Management Act over the past four years and the unknown… Continue Reading

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Karekare Pohutukawa Saved!

Great news in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board agenda that Auckland Transport have stepped back from the removal of the Karekare Pohutukawa and are investigating the design of a prop. So for now at least the tree is safe. But an even more important outcome of this campaign has been the admission by Auckland Transport… Continue Reading


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