A Canterbury farmer has laid waste to a threatened native shrub, knocking out a third of its national population in one fell swoop.
Environmental campaigners are taking a Canterbury farmer to court over claims he destroyed a huge swathe of a native plant "extremely rare and threatened" in the wild.
DOC is now taking nominations for the Loder Cup 2018.
Which native shrub was abundant in the Whanganui district when European settlers arrived but is now extinct here? The answer: matagouri (Discaria toumatou). No other native shrub has been reduced so much in the North Island in the past 150 years or so.
Efforts would now focus on a science programme to investigate ways to treat myrtle rust, boost resistance and susceptibility, and to improve seed banking collection, she said.