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Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times Monday July 29 2013
14 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, July 29, 2013 www.times.co.nz DESIGN & BUILD Call us on 271 8068 supplement Promote your business in our upcoming Units 1-3 Fencible Chambers Cnr Fencible Dr & Moore St, Howick Village Ph 535 4190 www.galbraiths.co.nz As well as professional assistance in buying and selling properties, Galbraiths also offer a full range of legal services to clients, including commercial and civil litigation, court work, sale and purchase of businesses, franchising, family and employment law, wills and estate planning and advice regarding setting up and administering of family trusts. Conveniently located with ample free client parking right outside the door. 118333-v2 Buying and Selling Property and Businesses Trusts, Wills & Estates Family/Relationship Law, Employment Law & Litigation Watch out for ailing elm trees SUPER-CITY property owners are being asked to keep a vigilant eye on their elm trees this spring as a deadly disease marches south. Dutch elm disease outbreaks have already been identiﬁed in Rogers Park, Bucklands Beach and Lloyd Elsmore Park, Pakuranga. And last October about 50 elm trees were chopped, chipped and removed from a private property in Whitford. At that stage it was the greatest number of affected elms seen at one site in New Zealand since the disease was ﬁrst found in Myers Park, central Auckland, in 1989. The Myers Park ﬁnd prompted a major bio-security control effort, leading Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) ofﬁcials to boast in 2000 that New Zealand might become the ﬁrst country to eradicate Dutch elm disease. But in 2008 MAF’s Biosecurity New Zealand agency said it would axe funding of its Dutch elm programme because the disease was not a priority. This, despite it being thought to have wiped out between a third and half of all the six species of elms common to the United States and killing many varieties common to Europe. This month the largest outbreak of the disease since its discovery in New Zealand occurred at the privately-owned former hospital site at Kingseat near Drury. More than 200 elm trees were infected. Auckland Council says the disease is spreading further south with affected trees recently destroyed near Appleby and Drury Roads, Drury. Dutch elm disease is nearly always fatal for affected trees. It’s usually spread by the bark beetle (Scolytus multistriatus) carrying fungal spores from tree to tree, or through the transfer of diseased tree materials. It can also spread directly through root grafting between neighbouring trees. Simon Cook, the council’s arboriculture and landscape adviser says the disease has caused a huge loss to the landscape in areas affected by the disease over the last season. “Given the speed at which Dutch elm disease can spread, and the fact that it’s nearly always fatal for affected trees, we’re taking every precaution to ensure we remove the trees safely and contain the threat within Auckland.” One in 10 Auckland properties has elms which are monitored annually. The council also runs a beetle-trapping system and conducts ongoing elm surveys around the super-city. Elms are deciduous northern hemisphere trees, distinguished by their large leaves which feature serrated edges, symmetrical veins and an asymmetrical base. Now the council is asking Aucklanders to check elm trees on their properties and report any suspected cases of the disease they see in public places. VALLEY DECIMATED: Last year about 50 elm trees were removed from a private property in Whitford, left; a fatal sign is staining in wood indicating trees affected by Dutch elm disease, above; British victim – a dead elm tree at Nenthead, Cumbria, UK, right.
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