Kerikeri myrtle rust response – media update 15 May 2017

Media contact: MPI media team
Telephone: 029 894 0328

There are no significant developments to report in the response to the detection of the plant disease myrtle rust in Kerikeri.

MPI, with the support of DOC, iwi, industry groups and the Northland Regional Council, is today starting to re-inspect the area in a radius 500m from the nursery where the fungus was first found.

There are still just two properties where myrtle rust has been confirmed – the initial nursery and a neighbouring private residential garden. Samples from all suspect reports have been tested and found to be negative for myrtle rust.

The public message remains – 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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