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The Far North District Coun­cil wants to hear about ex­cep­tional trees that res­i­dents feel need special pro­tec­tion. Over the com­ing month, the pub­lic can nom­i­nate a tree, or group of trees, that they think should be iden­ti­fied as No­table Trees and pro­tected in the new District Plan. It is il­le­gal to dam­age or re­move trees in­cluded on the District Plan Sched­ule of No­table Trees. Trees can be in­cluded be­cause of their age, size, char­ac­ter and vis­i­bil­ity; be­cause they com­mem­o­rate im­por­tant events in the district’s his­tory; or be­cause they are crit­i­cal to the sur­vival of other species. ‘‘The Sched­ule of No­table Trees recog­nises how cru­cial trees are to our en­vi­ron­ment, our iden­tity and our sense of well­be­ing,’’ says coun­cil spokesman Bill Lee. Nom­i­na­tions can be com­pleted via www.let­s­plan­to­


More­pork vine­yard own­ers Rose­mary and Phil Mine­han are very ex­cited to have their 2017 vin­tage in­cluded in New

Zealand’s top 25 Pinot Gris wines in a re­view by Michael Cooper in the Oc­to­ber 17-27 New Zealand Lis­tener mag­a­zine. ‘‘Es­tate-grown and hand-picked at a small, sin­gle-va­ri­ety vine­yard in Kerik­eri this is de­li­cious from the start,’’ he said. Cooper is the au­thor of ‘‘Michael Cooper’s Buy­ers Guide to NZ Wines’’ in which he re­views over 3000 NZ wines an­nu­ally, in­clud­ing around 300 pinot gris wines. To be in­cluded in the top 25 is a hugh ac­co­lade, the Mine­han’s say.

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