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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Green): I like a bit of politicking as much as anybody else in this House, but if I can just take us to the forest for a little moment here.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:24

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) needs to prioritise and put its resources behind containing the further spread of the Bonamia ostreae parasite, and meet the challenge of eradicating it as best they can, the Green Party said today.

News that Bonamia ostreae has been found in two oyster farms in Stewart Island could spell the end of the iconic Bluff oyster industry as we know it unless strong action is taken.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 15:55

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must take every precaution possible to stop the spread of myrtle rust disease, including stronger movement controls, after news of it being detected in a nursery in Taranaki, the Green Party said today.

The disease, which can seriously damage native and introduced plants, including pohutukawa, manuka, and feijoa, was detected at a nursery in Northland earlier this month – the first the time it’s been found in mainland New Zealand.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 16:48

The Government must immediately put the full resources of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) towards finding the cause of the myrtle rust incursion and preventing a wider outbreak, the Green Party said today.

Myrtle rust, a fungal disease which can seriously damage native and introduced plants in the myrtle family, including pohutukawa, rata, manuka, and feijoa, has been detected at a nursery in Northland – the first the time it’s been found in mainland New Zealand.

1. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for the Environment: Ki Te Minita mō Te Taiao: Ka tukua e ngā paerewa e whakaarohia akehia nei mō te pai ake o te wai i roto i te pūhera Wai Mā, te kaha kē atu, te iti kē iho rānei o te uru atu o te tūkinotanga ki roto i ō tātou awa wai, e ngā mea whakakapi?