Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Weedy Mascot For Charity Dash

18 December 2005

Weedy Mascot For Charity Dash

Woody Weed meets the public at the media launch


The odds are on Woody Weed to win the mascot dash at Ellerslie Racecourse on New Years Day, reckons national Weedbusters Coordinator, Carolyn Lewis.
If Woody Weed wins or places in the mascot dash, his winnings will be donated to the Royal Forest and Bird Society, who will use the proceeds to support Weedbusting projects being undertaken by their members.

Click for big version
Woody Weed has a strong finish in the warm-ups at the media launch


Woody Weed is the mascot used by Weedbusters, an interagency programme to raise awareness about weeds and encourage and support local communities to tackle weed problems in their areas.

“Weeds are one of the most serious threats to our native flora and fauna,” says Ms Lewis. “Most of the worst weeds started off as ornamental garden plants, but have caused huge problems since ‘jumping the fence’ and invading natural areas.”

Auckland is considered one of the weediest cities in the world.

Weedy Mascot Add

Thirteen mascots are lining up for the New Year’s Day race, including Life Education Trust’s Harold the Giraffe, Buzzy Bee and Cookie Bear, but Ms Lewis says that Woody Weed’s experience will give him an edge over other competitors.

“Woody has previously competed in the Otorohanga Kiwiana Festival mascot race, where he came a respectable third against a strong field,” says Ms Lewis. “Like any successful weed, he’s very competitive, and it takes a lot to slow him down!”

DOC’s Katrina Knill, who observed Woody Weed’s form during trials last week, confirmed that the Weedbusters mascot is a firm favourite.

“Coming out of the starting gates, Woody settled into third place and set a sustainable pace for a 100m dash,” says Ms Knill. “On the big day, I expect he will take the lead easily.”

Click for big version
Woody Weed in the Otorohanga Kiwiana Festival Mascot Race, 2005


Weedbusters is supported by all regional councils and unitary authorities, the Department of Conservation, Biosecurity New Zealand, Federated Farmers, Biodiversity New Zealand, NZ Landcare Trust, Nursery and Garden Industry Association, NZ Biosecurity Institute, and NZ Plant Protection Society.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Hospitality NZ: Hospitality Wages Jump 9% To Pass Living Wage
Wages and salaries across the hospitality sector continue to increase despite businesses having to battle through some of the toughest trading periods in living memory... More>>

Climate Leaders Coalition: Launches New Statement Of Ambition, Appoints New CEO Convenor

The Climate Leaders Coalition is tonight officially launching a new Statement of Ambition to accelerate business action on climate change... More>>

Retail: New Law Paves Way For Greater Supermarket Competition

Legislation that bans major supermarkets from blocking their competitors’ access to land to set up new stores paves the way for greater competition in the sector, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

MYOB: New Data Shows Increase In SMEs Experiencing Stress And Anxiety

The lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a surge in the number of local SME owners and operators experiencing stress and anxiety, according to new research from business management platform, MYOB... More>>

Carbonz: Cashing In On Carbon: The New Marketplace Helping Native Forest To Thrive

The country’s first voluntary carbon credit marketplace, Carbonz, is here to restore native biodiversity and help Aotearoa reach its carbon zero goals by selling the first carbon credits exclusively from native forest... More>>
Entrust District: Dividend Will Be Welcomed After Another Tough Year
We’ve all heard of the saying; “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” but for Aucklanders within the Entrust District, getting their share of Entrust’s 2022 annual dividend payment really is as good as it sounds... More>>