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

 


Check Clean Dry Campaign Aims at More Than Just Didymo in HB

Check Clean Dry Campaign Aims at More Than Just Didymo in HB

The Check Clean Dry awareness programme to help prevent the spread of Didymo and other aquatic weeds has had a positive response from Hawke’s Bay river users this summer.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council supports the national Didymo campaign. Over summer Natalie de Burgh, a science student, has been employed to get out and about around the region’s waterways and talk to people about the Check Clean Dry campaign.

As well as the risks of Didymo spreading northwards, there are also several weeds in North Island waterways that Biosecurity staff in regional councils are working to prevent spreading further.

In Hawke’s Bay, Hydrilla is a major concern and HBRC is using the Check Clean Dry as an umbrella campaign to protect against the spread of this and all invasive aquatic weeds.

Natalie has been pleased with the high level of awareness of the potential risks.

“Most people are very aware of the easy way to eliminate the possibility of any plant material spreading by remembering to Check, Clean, Dry, and know the risks that Didymo poses to the North Island,” she says.

“And they are interested to learn that we have our own high risk weed. Hawke’s Bay is the only place in New Zealand where Hydrilla is found and we need everyone’s continued help to prevent this spreading further by keeping up the Check Clean Dry actions.”

Hydrilla is commonly called the world’s worst aquatic weed. It is currently only found in the wild in Lakes Tūtira, Waikapiro, Opouahi and Eland where it is being controlled by grass carp.

As tiny fragments of weed, can remain viable almost indefinitely if kept damp, they can grow and spread if they drop into another lake, stream or river from the bottom of a boat, trailer, fishing gear or even a tramping boot.

Natalie will be working on the campaign in Hawke’s Bay until the end of February, and will especially be ensuring schools have the message when planning outdoor education trips during Term One.

For suspected Didymo finds, contact the MAF hotline 0800 80 99 66. For further information on cleaning methods go to www.biosecurity.govt.nz/pests/didymo/cleaning .

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

17 Year Sentences In Baby Moko Case: Attorney General On Plea Bargain

“The Crown’s decisions in this case, including the decision to accept the manslaughter pleas, were motivated by the need to secure convictions for this horrendous killing and to avoid the significant risk that either of the defendants could escape such a conviction because of evidential issues.” More>>

ALSO:

No Rail For New Harbour Crossing: National Giving Up On Rail In Auckland

The National Government’s decision to scrap two planned rail lines in Auckland shows it is giving up on a city-wide rail network in Auckland, and on thousands of commuters who sit in traffic jams every single day, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news