Kerikeri myrtle rust response - media update 11 May 2017

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Media contact: MPI media team

Telephone: 029 894 0328

Email: media@mpi.govt.nz

No significant news to report today.

Ground teams in Kerikeri have completed inspections of the areas extending 500 metres out from the 2 confirmed positive sites.

The situation remains that there are still just 2 known infected properties. The initial nursery in Kerikeri where the myrtle rust incursion was first detected and a neighbouring residential garden.

All other suspected finds that were sampled have tested negative for myrtle rust. This includes a sample from a nursery in south Auckland.

Today, field personnel have partnered with local iwi to mount intensive inspections of coastal areas close to Kerikeri for signs of the fungal disease.

If you believe you have seen signs of myrtle rust:

  • do not touch it or the plant
  • take a photo of the rust and the plant
  • call MPI's Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline on 0800 80 99 66.
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