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.letsplantogether.org.nz/
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.