“Myrtle rust” disease is a serious fungal disease and affects plants in the myrtle family – including mānuka and pōhutukawa.
Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has put a national bio-security response in place.
The diseases symptoms include yellow bumps and brown patches.
We’re concerned about the impact Myrtle rust would have upon Tūwharetoa whenua, entities, businesses, landowners, honey producers if the disease reached here.
Myrtle rust affects native plants and commercially grown species.
If you think you’ve seen the symptoms of Myrtle Rust, do not touch it.
Call the MPI Exotic Pest and Disease Hotline immediately on 0800 80 99 66.
If you have a camera or phone camera, take clear photos, including the whole plant, the whole affected leaf, and a close-up of the spores/affected area of the plant. Do not touch it or try to collect samples as this may increase the spread of the disease.
See the MPI website for more info https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/myrtle-rust
Please share this info with whanau and also let us know if you are affected.