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What is eco-sourcing?

What is eco-sourcing?

Eco-sourcing is used during restoration or replanting projects. It is simply harvesting seeds from local vegetation for the propagation of plants to be replanted in the same ecological district in the future, to help maintain and protect the biodiversity of the native vegetation in an ecological district.

Posted on August 28, 2014

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Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species

Manuka & Kanuka: Identify these two species

Although Manuka (kahikatoa) and Kanuka have a superficial similarity and are collectively known as ‘tea trees’, they are genetically very distinct from each other. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium), called ‘tea tree’ by Captain Cook, is a rather variable plant ranging from flat creeping forms and small shrubs to tall trees (up to 4m tall). Although variable, […]

Posted on July 30, 2014

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Trees for Bees all abuzz about bee health

Trees for Bees all abuzz about bee health

The future of the world’s food production is under threat and it’s all due to the disappearing honey bee, as across the world they succumb to pests and disease. The humble honey bee is hugely important to agriculture and farming. As pollinators, they play an essential role in fertilising plants so that they produce food. […]

Posted on June 30, 2014

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Floating Wetlands

Floating Wetlands

Effluent Ponds are a necessary evil of Dairy Farming. 
They are a source of pollution, smell and visible unattractiveness if not managed well. Kauri Park Nurseries has developed a unique floating wetland system which can be used to remove pollutants from an effluent pond. The plants are planted on the floating wetland and send their […]

Posted on May 29, 2014

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Wetland Management

Wetland Management

Wetlands offer an enormous amount of ecological and economic benefits if well-managed and protected. It just makes sense! Wetlands are home to a wide range of plant species, aquatic creatures, and bird life. Many of these unique, natural habitats are located on agricultural land, making farmers the primary custodians. Wetlands play a valuable role in […]

Posted on April 30, 2014

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Manuka. A $1B industry by 2025

Manuka. A $1B industry by 2025

Manuka Forestry, for honey and oil production, has a bright future for New Zealand. At a recent forum in Masterton, Dr Peter Molan, the pioneer of Manuka honey research, gave an illuminating presentation on the medicinal power of Manuka honey through its unique property of Methyl Glyoxol (MGO), a long lasting anti bacterial enzyme, not […]

Posted on March 31, 2014

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Riparian planting

Riparian planting

Farmers across New Zealand are being encouraged to revegetate riparian areas and fence off waterways to improve water quality and reduce run-off. The activities aim to reduce nutrient, sediment and bacteria build-up in waterways and wetlands and involve restricting livestock movements and planting native, low-growing, flood tolerant species. The benefits are three-fold with the plantings […]

Posted on February 25, 2014

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Kauri dieback concerns

Kauri dieback concerns

Imagine living in New Zealand with no large kauri trees left alive in our forests. The kauri is a New Zealand national icon and a taonga (treasure) of great significance to Maori. An entire ecosystem depends on this species, as do local forests and park users and tourists alike. And while we so much value […]

Posted on December 11, 2013

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