More trees at­tacked by poi­son

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Fur­ther re­ports are emerg­ing of trees com­ing un­der at­tack in the Bay of Is­lands af­ter news that four po¯ hutukawa on the beach­front at O¯ pito Bay had been poi­soned and were ex­pected to die.

Far North District coun­cil­lor Ann Court said she be­lieved a large mag­no­lia, on the cor­ner of SH10 and Kahikatear­oa Rd, in Waipapa, had met a sim­i­lar fate.

She first no­ticed the tree, which flow­ered pro­lif­i­cally in spring, was ail­ing in early Oc­to­ber. She could see no drill holes, but the grass around it was dead. Since then the tree also ap­peared to have suc­cumbed.

“It doesn’t take a rocket sci­en­tist to see it’s been poi­soned,” Cr Court said.

It is not clear whether the mag­no­lia is on coun­cil road re­serve or pri­vate land. The prop­erty is cur­rently va­cant.

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