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Wildings in the News Across the Country

May 17, 2019

Wilding conifers are in the news almost every week, demonstrating the good work of many communities as well as the critical need for funding and support.
Check out these recent news articles about wildings!

IMG 5685 The Timaru Herald published an article in mid May about how wilding conifers could cost the NZ economy billions of dollars if their spread is not halted.

The Timaru Herald also published an article about the RNZ Navy helicopter conducting surveys for wilding conifers in the Mackenzie in collaboration with MPI and Environment Canterbury.

Recently an article in the Otago Daily Times showcased the work of volunteers in the Arrowtown Choppers group who planted 500 native seedlings on Tobins Face. 

The Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group was featured in both the Otago Daily Times and the NZ Herald, introducing its new chairperson and calling for funding from the government.

The impressive wilding control and restoration work of the NZ Defence Force was discussed in this article.


Highlights from March news:

The NZ Herald published an article and video about the Pine Pulling Weekend of the Whanganui and Hutt Valley Tramping Clubs. Both of these clubs have been pulling pines from the slopes of Mt Ruapehu for over 40 years.

March has also brought us several articles about the work going on in Mid Dome in Southland. Here is an article about the volunteer weekend they had on 9 March. And here is an article about more funding needed for wilding control at Mid Dome. Similarly, the Otago Daily Times published this article stating that Mid Dome alone needs at least $10 million for wilding control efforts.

Additionally, the NZ Herald published a video and article of the work being done by Horizons Regional Council and collaborators in the Whanganui-Manawatu region. In the video, there's some great footage taken from a helicopter of the wilding infestation and control work.

Highlights from February news:

This article in Rural News demonstrates that there is concern and demand for action from all over the country.

In the NZ Herald, this article discusses the wilding conifer issue in Northland.

An article in The Press highlighted the work of the Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA) and stressed the need for increased funding for Phase 2 of the National Programme.

The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association voiced their support for more funding for wilding conifer control in this press release.