Sav­ing kauri

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Biose­cu­rity New Zealand, which man­ages the kauri dieback pro­gramme, will be ask­ing for peo­ple’s thoughts on plans to man­age the dis­ease at meet­ings in the re­gion.

The near­est meet­ings for Waihi are:

■ Thames — Sun­day, Septem­ber 2, 6.30-9pm at Thames War Me­mo­rial Hall..

■ Katikati — Tues­day, Septem­ber 4, 6.30-9pm at Katikati War Me­mo­rial Hall.

It’s the sec­ond of three rounds of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, run­ning un­til Septem­ber 12. John San­son, man­ager re­cov­ery and pest man­age­ment for Biose­cu­rity NZ, says more meet­ings may be added, de­pend­ing on de­mand.

“The pur­pose of the con­sul­ta­tion is to gather feed­back from any­one with an in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing kauri, so that their ideas can help us shape our plans into the fu­ture, and we en­cour­age peo­ple to get to one of the pub­lic meet­ings if they can — or make a sub­mis­sion to us di­rectly,” he says. Feed­back will help shape de­vel­op­ment of a Na­tional Pest Man­age­ment Plan.

The Kauri Dieback Pro­gramme is a part­ner­ship be­tween Biose­cu­rity NZ, which co-or­di­nates it, tan­gata whenua, Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, Auckland Coun­cil and Waikato, North­land, and Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cils.

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