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Traveling again? Be vigilant and use Find-A-Pest

Our borders are open again, and New Zealander’s and tourists are now able to come and go freely. But with freedom comes responsibility: we must all do our part in preventing unwanted organisms and pests from entering the country in luggage and parcels. Find-A-Pest can help.

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Te Wānanga Whakamātaki

Te Whakahononga presents alongside an incredible line-up at Te Wānanga Whakamātaki

Ngā Rākau Taketake (NRT) Māori co-leads took the stage to talk about Te Whakahononga – a unique approach to engagement – at Te Wānanga Whakamātaki in late July.

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Corey Ruha

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Corey Ruha, mapping the Te Arawa rohe

Eco-index welcomed data scientist Corey Ruha (Te Arawa) to the team this year. Corey is developing a working model for the Eco-index tools in the context of Te Arawa catchments. He hopes the model will help iwi, hapū and whānau in other parts of Aotearoa visualise their rohe.

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Kevan Cote AgResearch

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Kevan Cote, using machine learning to answer ecological questions

Kevan Cote’s work at AgResearch first involved tracking the welfare of goats, and more recently for Eco-index he’s creating systems to distinguish between ecosystem types. Two very different subjects, but with a fascinating common factor at play: machine learning.

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Mawhai Pip

Joy and synchrony: the making of Kauri K9s

At the end of June, Wen Qing Ng submitted her thesis for her Masters of Science Communication. The creative component of this involved producing a short film, introducing us to Mawhai and Pip and their role in reducing the spread of Phytophthora agathidicida and kauri dieback.

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NZPPS conference

Ngā Rākau Taketake teams showcase their results

Conference season has returned at last! Despite the added facial attire, our plant pathogen teams made the most of being able to connect kanohi ki te kanohi at the recent New Zealand Plant Protection Society conference.

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Myrtle rust display table

July newsletter

A midge eating myrtle rust, new research investment, Matariki celebrations, plus all the conferences you can ask for!

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How Did Konini Primary Celebrate Matariki?

Toitū te Ngahere is a project exploring art in schools for ngahere ora (forest health). Using the processes inherent in art making, Toitū te Ngahere empowers tamariki to develop and tell stories about their own relationships with local ecosystems. This year, three classes at Konini Primary curated art and performance to share with their community at their Matariki celebration.

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Gall mite

New gall midge eats the fungus that causes myrtle rust

A new species of gall midge, Mycodiplosis constricta, has been described. Taxonomists and entomologists may be excited to know that this is the first described species of Mycodiplosis recorded from New Zealand. For the rest of us, the most interesting thing about this species is what it feeds on: the urediniospores of Austropuccinia psidii, the fungus that causes myrtle rust.

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Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt

Ngā Pī Ka Rere spotlight: Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt, passionate about seed conservation

Ngā Rākau Taketake welcomes Marcus-Rongowhitiao Shadbolt, a new Master’s student under the Oranga and Conservation & Restoration research themes. He will be looking at how we can best conserve New Zealand’s seeds.

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