I am one of a small number of volunteers who regularly looks out for the plant and sometimes assists in the removal of pods as well as informing others about the spread of this vital and viable pest plant.
I appeal to everyone to walk around their property, their rented properties, their gardens and check that fences, hedges, trees, flower beds, garden waste and tangles of weeds are free of moth plant, because it can be, as another of its names implies, a cruel plant.
I have observed moth plant (kapok pod plant) on boundaries and properties in St Lukes, Pt Chevalier, Westmere, Herne Bay, Ponsonby and the Viaduct.
From experience, I know that one plant can seed a whole section of a street of near neighbouring and next door properties. I have witnessed that if nothing is done to remove this very vital and viable pest plant, that it escalates and spreads its abundant seed with more properties hosting this pest plant each year.
It is a threat to the whole community and of great concern is the protection of parks and reserves of native bush.
It smothers and can kill trees and needs a keen eye to trace its winding vine stems to the root site under hedges, boundary fencing and both tidy and unkempt gardens.
Everyone needs to inform themselves of this plant and to take responsibility for removing it from their properties as Biosecurity encourages through website and leaflets.
We all can take action and remove it from our properties and help neighbours who may need assistance for age and health reasons and ignorance of the nature of the threat.