Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Jurassic tree planting launches Gardens' 150th anniversary

Wednesday 30 January 2013


Jurassic tree planting launches Botanic Gardens 150th anniversary


One of the world’s oldest and rarest trees is being planted today to launch Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ 150th anniversary.

The Wollemi pine is a living fossil from the dinosaur age, only recently discovered in New South Wales, Australia. Fewer than 100 mature specimens are still alive in the wild.

“This is the very first Wollemi pine to be planted in New Zealand and it’s a real coup for the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to acquire such a rare specimen,” says Mayor Bob Parker.

In 1994, park ranger David Noble stumbled across some ancient-looking pines growing in a remote canyon in the rainforests of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. Until his remarkable find, this tree was thought to have been extinct for millions of years.

Living seedlings of Wollemi pine cannot be imported because of the risk of introducing diseases that could spread to other plants. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens’ Wollemi pine was grown by tissue culture under licence at Ambrosia Nursery near Christchurch, after getting approval from the Environmental Protection Authority and iwi.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney originally gifted former Christchurch Botanic Gardens Curator David Given with a Wollemi Pine. The late David Given was highly regarded internationally for his role in the conservation of New Zealand native plants.

The planting also launches the Gondwana Garden, named after the ancient, vast southern landmass. The garden is located near the Children’s Playground.

“This new garden will feature some of the oldest plants known in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you will eventually be able to walk among modern representatives of plants growing at the time of the dinosaurs including kauri and monkey puzzles,” says Mayor Bob Parker.

– ends –

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news