Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


DOC gamble brings Maori medicinal plant back

High-risk DOC gamble brings Maori medicinal plant back from the brink of extinction

The Associate Minister of Maori Affairs and Minister of Conservation Hon Sandra Lee says a high-risk gamble taken by DOC to save a rare Maori medicinal plant from total extinction has paid dividends.

The plant, known commonly by Pakeha as 'shore spurge' and by Maori as either waiuatua or waiuokahukura and found only in New Zealand, was boiled and used as a natural treatment for skin trouble.

"DOC had been checking the one remaining plant on Motukorea (Brown's Island) near Auckland for three years in the hope it would yield seeds, but this didn't occur," she said. "The department's botanists were left with no choice but to try to take cuttings from the plant, at the risk of endangering its survival."

"I'm pleased to be able to confirm that the gamble has paid off, with two cuttings now successfully raised at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, " Ms Lee said, "and cuttings or seed can now be collected off these plants."

DOC botanist Bec Stanley says enough plants can now be raised to bring the population back from the brink of extinction.

Shore spurge (euphorbia glauca) is a soft green-grey coastal herb with tiny dark red flowers, which once grew up to half a metre tall in sand dunes and coast cliffs around Manukau Harbour, Piha, the Waitemata Harbour, Kariotahi, the Hunua Coast, Great Barrier Island, Rangitoto Island and Motuihe Island. Introduced weeds and possum browsing may have been factors in the plant's decline.

Media Contacts to arrange a photograph of the cuttings and staff who grew them:
Ian Bradley or Rebecca ('Bec') Stanley, at DOC (Auckland) on (09)3079 279; Bec will also be on mobile this afternoon, on (025)2000.496

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election