Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Search Mounted for Top Native Plant

Media Release

7 August 2006


Search Mounted for Top Native Plant

Forget Dancing with the Stars or New Zealand Idol… Kiwis with an interest in the heritage and identity of their country are being asked to vote for their favourite native plant.

Organised by the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN), the web-based poll covers plants of every kind, from the smallest ferns and grasses, to lowland trees and the mighty forest podocarps.

Network spokesman John Sawyer says the poll, opens to coincide with Conservation Week, is a great opportunity for people to reflect on what makes New Zealand unique and personal. Previous polls have identified pohutukawa, kowhai, cabbage tree, kauri, nikau and rimu as firm favourites, but tastes have changed and awareness of New Zealand’s plant diversity is increasing. The 2005 poll identified Cook’s scurvy grass (Lepidium oleraceum, common name “nau”) as top of the popularity stakes.

“With naturalised exotic species now outnumbering native species (2440 to 2359) it is important to remember what our native plants mean to us, to our landscape, and to our native fauna,” says Mr Sawyer.

Voters are also invited to make a comment about the plant of their choice, and in many cases this reveals a deeper connection between the physical environment and national identity. As an example, one voter for Cook’s scurvy grass wrote: "Hey nau, hey nau, don't dream it’s over!"

John Sawyer says the Network is expecting strong interest. “People may be surprised, but our website gets about 25,000 visitors a month. There are a lot of people who have a real love of our native flora, and this is a chance for them to express what is important to them.”

“It’s also an opportunity for landscape and conservation managers to take note of the shift in public attitudes and to find ways to incorporate these values into our public and open spaces.”

The poll will also determine the regional variation in the plants voted most favourite, from Northland to Southland.

Votes can be cast on the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network website: www.nzpcn.org.nz. Voting closes on November 30, and results will be announced by one of the patrons of the NZPCN, Rob Fenwick, of Living Earth Ltd.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news