Myrtle rust update – Friday 9 June 2017

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Media contact: MPI media team

Telephone: 029 894 0328

Email: media@mpi.govt.nz

The total number of properties infected with myrtle rust is 41 nationally.

  • 35 in Taranaki
  • 4 in Northland
  • 2 in Waikato (King Country).

MPI's focus, along with the Department of Conservation (DOC), is containing the spread of infection while it continues to be found in a relatively discrete geographical area.

MPI reminds gardeners that if they have recently bought myrtle species plants – for example, pōhutukawa, ramarama, mānuka, Lilly Pilly, feijoa – they should check these plants for any signs of the disease.

No updates will be issued over the weekend unless there is a significant new development.

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