Charged over a dead plant

In my April 30 post I referred to a news brief that said Clive Higgie of Paloma Gardens had been charged by the Ministry of Primary Industries – not over a Pacific kauri that was the reason for the raid on his property, but another plant.

Today, the Wanganui Chronicle reports that Clive and wife Nicki, a former district councillor, have indeed been charged – over a dead Ficus watkinsiana (strangler fig)! Read the full story here.

This list of “organisms” present in New Zealand causes plants people headaches on a daily basis. You’d think the MPI would do something about updating it – spend the money on that rather than raiding the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens! I couldn’t easily find a copy of the list on the page of the MPI website that apparently contains all its lists and registers.

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