Creating more Mauao guardians
A team of Mauao kaitiaki (guardians) will be offering free training this weekend to help keep myrtle rust off the Mount Maunganui landmark.
Pohutukawa trees that encircle the beachside mountain are susceptible to myrtle rust, as are resident manuka and kanuka. The fungal disease can affect flowers, shoots and leaves, maiming and sometimes killing the plant itself.
As part of Biosecurity Week activities, this Saturday 20 October from 10am-midday, Tauranga Moana iwi and other conservationists will help show the public what to look for and what to do if they find infected plants. All growers, friends and family are welcome to attend. People will gather at the Pilot Bay end of the camping ground, close to the public toilets. Read more here.