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There should be a tem­po­rary ban on mov­ing plants around the coun­try, The Tree Coun­cil says. It’s chair­man Sean Free­man, of Ti­ti­rangi, said out­breaks of myrtle rust in Kerik­eri, Taranaki, Te Kuiti and Te Puke, must be con­tained. Free­man said the dis­ease’s spores are spread slowly on the wind, but more rapidly by hu­mans. The Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries should re­strict plant move­ment so it has a chance to stop wide­spread in­fec­tion be­fore it is too dif­fi­cult to treat, he said. Myrtle rust af­fects trees such as po­hutukawa, fei­joa, rata and manuka.


Kiwi ba­bies are be­ing weaned into a sugar diet from as young as 4-months-old, a Univer­sity of Auck­land aca­demic says. Dr Ger­hard Sund­born said com­mer­cial baby foods carry the risk of obe­sity and tooth de­cay just as much as sug­ary drinks. He said some foods con­tain up to four tea­spoons of sugar per serve. He said the Min­istry of Health should es­tab­lish an In­fant Nutri­tion Ad­vi­sory Group.


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