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.