Maevi Fleming

Rangatahi create thoughtful and heartfelt artworks to inspire change

An incredible cohort of rangatahi (young people) have pulled together to create a series of artworks under the banner of ‘The Great Kiwi Poster Competition’, the third organised by the accoladed Ōtepoti artist Bruce Mahalski.

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Will Eason

What do the Queensland fruit fly and the red imported fire ant have in common? A threat to Aotearoa.

Will Eason is researching ways to engage the public in the response to biosecurity incursions, as part of a Master of Strategic Communication at the University of Canterbury.

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Aspen Berry

How our values affect the response to myrtle rust

Aspen Berry (Kāi Tahu) is looking at communication related to the campaign to manage myrtle rust as part of a Masters in Strategic Communication at the University of Canterbury.

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myrtle rust

Myrtle rust: How bad is it really?

Five years into the myrtle rust incursion, the question on everybody’s lips is, “How bad is it really?” According to Beccy Ganley, Ngā Rākau Taketake Science Leader, we don’t know.

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Myrtle Ora

Ngā Rākau Taketake – a small piece of a bigger effort

Anniversaries, good or bad, are a time for reflection. As we observe the five-year anniversary of myrtle rust’s arrival on mainland New Zealand, we find ourselves looking back over the strides made in research, where Ngā Rākau Taketake has contributed, and the future of myrtle ora (health) in New Zealand.

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myrtle rust Lophomyrtus

Many hands make light work

There are many wonderful groups and organisations who operate in the myrtle rust space and have progressed myrtle rust research over the last five years. Below are statements from some of these groups on the work they do to understand, monitor, fight, and raise awareness for this devastating disease.

Please note that this is far from a comprehensive list! If you do work on myrtle rust and would like to be included in this list, please reach out so we can represent all your excellent mahi.

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Hands and plant

Ngā Pī Ka Rere in capable hands, says departing lead

April will see a change for Ngā Pī Ka Rere, with Aisling Rayne and Symon Palmer joining Helen Warburton in leadership, while Kathryn McRae steps away. Find out more . . .

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Maddie Marshall

Maddie Marshall, plant trade network modeller

A big part of our biosecurity system is being prepared – something Maddie Marshall knows all about from her PhD research.

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New students

Five new students join Risk Assessment & Ecosystem Impacts

We are welcoming five new students to Ngā Rākau Taketake theme Risk Assessment & Ecosystem Impacts! Meet them and find out more about what they’ll be studying.

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Interactive display

Provoking possibilities for stronger relationships with nature

Scientific information tends to be distributed as neatly packaged facts with simplified stories. This can be effective at raising awareness of issues, but it can also make solutions seem simpler than they are – people are then left wondering why change isn’t happening faster.

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