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Science in the field

Date: 14th May 2024

On a chilly day in May complete with even colder rain the wilding programme Technical Advisory Group (TAG) visited Flock Hill Station in Canterbury. We were accompanied by scientists from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research,…

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Wilding pine work ‘will go backwards’ with reduced funding.

Date: 3rd May 2024

A good article from Radio New Zealand about the impacts of reduced funding in Southland: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr/515194/wilding-pine-work-will-go-backwards-with-reduced-funding The issue was highlighted in a recent Environment Southland chief executive report which said the Ministry for Primary…

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We know where the wildings are but where did they spread from….

Date: 3rd May 2024

Nick Ledgard one of our most experienced practitioners and scientists shares his knowledge about where wilding sources came from around New Zealand. He worked as a forester and scientist for over 40 years, and…

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Conference 2024 is coming – 16th to 18th October – SAVE THE DATE.

Date: 25th April 2024

16th to 18th October is the date booked for this year’s conference in Taupo. Yep, people North Island this time. By the end of May, we will have a theme confirmed and will start…

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Silky Saw partnership – a discount for a key tool

Date: 23rd April 2024

Hand saws are a key weapon of choice for many on the front line of wilding control. Now thanks to a partnership with Silky Saws https://silkystore.co.nz/ you can purchase your tools of choice at…

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Finding solutions to big challenges… a great example from Central Otago

Date: 16th April 2024

Shelterbelts are an essential tool in exposed landscapes to protect property, get a garden or crops to grow as well as protect stock. Conifers in the form of pines, firs and cedars were found…

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The plight of the MacKenzie

Date: 16th April 2024

The MacKenzie basin in Canterbury is the largest and least modified intermontane basin in New Zealand but it’s under siege from wilding pines. Endless and vast landscapes endure the relentless march of wildings. They…

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Shotover Management Area – shot of seedling trees

Date: 16th April 2024

Well-deserved congratulations to Otago Regional Council, Whakatipu Wilding Conifer Group and landowners involved with the almost 67,000-hectare Shotover Management Area. The area is located to the northwest of Queenstown and is a stunning landscape…

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Management Units Active in 23/24 Financial Year

Date: 20th December 2023

Management units are the administrative boundaries that New Zealand has been divided into forthe National Wilding Conifer Control Programme (NWCCP) administered by MPI. There is a total of 129 management units. They cover private…

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ECAN WILDING PINE HANDBOOK

Date: 12th December 2023

The go to guide for Cantabrians This comprehensive handbook developed by ECAN (Environment Canterbury) is for landholders wanting to remove planted and/or wilding pines and prevent their spread. It combines resources from across the…

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Persistence of triclopyr, dicamba, and picloram in the environment following aerial spraying for control of dense pine invasion

Date: 8th December 2023

Congratulations to Carol Rolando from SCION who won the front-page competition for the above article (also see link to article below) in the Weed Society of America journal. https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/EC888894C5B7A927AD5E5A3E0C06CD8D/S1939729123000202a.pdf/persistence-of-triclopyr-dicamba-and-picloram-in-the-environment-following-aerial-spraying-for-control-of-dense-pine-invasion.pdf Management implications from the study…

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Concern as carbon offset partnership plants pines in biodiversity hotspot.

Date: 8th December 2023

Please read the article in the link below. https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/133063759/concern-as-carbon-offset-partnership-plants-pines-in-biodiversity-hotspots It covers a conundrum that is occurring all over Aotearoa. This one in South Marlborough occurred prior to the changes to the NES-PF (National Environmental…

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Vive La Resistance – Managing wilding conifer reinvasion – the science that helps our work.

Date: 3rd November 2023

Scion is one of the lead providers for the science that helps wilding control work. The goal for Vive la résistance (VLR) is to achieve one important impact for New Zealand: To optimise wilding…

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$7 million dollar boost to wilding pine funding for 23/24 financial year

Date: 3rd November 2023

The extra funding was announced by MPI at the 2023 Wilding Pine conference heled in October in Queenstown. It has been provided by the Department of Conservation. The extra funding will be prioritised to…

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Wilding conifers: why long-term environmental issues need long-term funding.

Date: 27th October 2023

Thank you to everyone (around 160 of you, an all-time record!) who attended our recent conference in Queenstown either in person or online. The conference included a keynote from Simon Upton the Parliamentary Commissioner…

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Changes to the National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry (now Commercial Forestry) – effective from 2nd November 2023

Date: 6th October 2023

The National Environmental Standards for Commercial Forestry (NES-CF), formerly the National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry (NES-PF), are for managing the environmental effects of plantation and exotic continuous-cover forestry (sometimes called carbon forestry). A…

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Political party stances on wilding pines

Date: 6th October 2023

A big thanks to Lauren Prebble from Marketellingenz in Cromwell who manages our social media. She canvassed all the political parties to get their position on wilding pines. Hirakimata – Mount Hobson summit looking…

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Fears over falling funding for wilding pine control.

Date: 2nd October 2023

Smoke drifting across Lake Pukaki from the large blaze at Pukaki Downs (in mid-September). Photo: RNZ / Nathan McKinnon Listen to a good interview from 27th September with Kathryn Ryan from RNZ – Clint Miles from…

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Pulling government funding from wilding pine programmes poor planning

Date: 22nd September 2023

Otago Regional Council chairwoman Gretchen Robertson has written an opinion piece in the Otago Daily Times and describes wilding pines around Central Otago as ticking biological timebomb. Her piece is reproduced below or read it direct in…

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Awatere Farmer Steve Satterthwaite gives his perspective on the dire straits of wilding funding.

Date: 18th September 2023

A really good interview with Steve Satterthwaite from Muller station in Marlborough. https://www.rexonline.co.nz/home/podcasts.html. Scroll down and look for this podcast: Steve talks about his perspective as a large high-country landowner but also as a…

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The compounding threat of invasive alien species

Date: 14th September 2023

Biological invasions cost the global community an estimated USD$423 billion in 2019, and those costs have quadrupled every decade since 1970. The Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control https://www.ipbes.net/IASmediarelease  is a new…

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Short term gain, long term pain:

Date: 13th September 2023

The damaging consequences of cutting funding for environmental regeneration. Pioneering wilding pines on the march across iconic Central Otago landscape Alexa Forbes, an Otago Regional Councillor has written a thought-provoking story on her blog…

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Taking the axe to wilding pine funding

Date: 6th September 2023

Please find below a great article that featured in the Sunday Star Times on 3rd September and also in the Press. We are very grateful to Andrea Vance for a thorough story and to…

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Fears war on wilding pines is losing ground.

Date: 2nd September 2023

Pete Oswald, Project Manager for the Central Otago Wilding Conifer Group (https://www.centralwildingconifers.co.nz/about) did a late-night interview on Radio New Zealand. It’s a great interview as it is both a personal and professional perspective on…

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Backsliding in the battle against pest species

Date: 2nd September 2023

A great story on Radio New Zealand recently featuring Grahame Sydney who is a champion of the Central Otago Wilding Conifer Group. The story is about declining funding for the environment and its effects…

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2022 Cost Benefit Analysis finally available – Harness its power….

Date: 24th August 2023

After nearly a year of waiting this invaluable document is now available. Now that funding for the national programme has been reduced by 75%, this cost benefit analysis is a critical document in our…

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Musing on the future of wilding control with Federated Farmers

Date: 4th August 2023

Check out a great podcast on FEDSNEWS. https://fed-talks.simplecast.com/episodes/musing-on-the-future-of-wilding-control In January 2023 FEDSNEWS reported that the future of wilding pine control was uncertain – with funds signaled to reduce to a $10m annual baseline. On…

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2023 conference registration now open

Date: 1st August 2023

       http://Wilding Pines Conference 2023 – Wilding Pine Network NZ We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 conference from 18-20 October at the Memorial Hall in Queenstown. “Wildings in the…

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2023 Conference – Wildings in the Backyard Sponsorship Opportunities

Date: 18th July 2023

Our 2023 conference is being held in Queenstown at the Memorial Hall owned by the Queenstown Lakes District Council who have generously provided this venue free of charge. We are also grateful for their…

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Funding cut a major blow for Mid Dome

Date: 26th May 2023

26th May 2023 Mid Dome in Southland is a prominent landmark between Queenstown and Invercargill. It’s pretty much ground zero for wilding control work. Between the 1950s and 1980s Crown agencies (MWD, NZFS) and…

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Vive la resistance – the science of managing wilding conifer reinvasion.

Date: 23rd May 2023

Yep, great job done -all those seed trees and their offspring removed but under the ground lies viable seed and/or over the hill are big trees with seed and prevailing winds that send those…

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Wilding conifers in a warming world – Talk by Tom Carlin – Scion – May 29th – 3-4pm on Zoom

Date: 15th May 2023

https://horizonsrc.zoom.us/j/86328227087?pwd=aktiU0wzSDdsdW1qcGdqVUg5N3pTUT09 I write this post after 2 days of sunshine and now we are back to rain. The land on the farm that we live on in the Kaipara Hills is just sodden and…

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Knowing when native regeneration is for you and what you should do about it.

Date: 15th May 2023

Last year I visited Motupohue/Bluff Hill at Bluff in the South Island. I am used to the fast-growing nature of our native plants in the Hauraki Gulf and Northland, and I find it hard…

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Whakatipu Wildings on Rural Delivery

Date: 10th May 2023

A really great insight into the work and challenges of the Whakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group fronted by Will McBeth of DOC aired on Rural Delivery on Saturday 6th May. 2023 ” The cost…

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Wilding conifer quick guide

Date: 9th May 2023

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme have just released an updated id guide. You can download it here https://www.wildingpines.nz/spread-the-word/image-gallery/species-gallery/ There are approximately ten introduced conifer species that are responsible for most wilding conifers in…

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Freshwater yields and why wildings matter

Date: 28th April 2023

Water is the lifeforce that powers the land, whether it be pastoral or horticulture farming, forestry, hydro generation, towns and of course our natural environments. The presence of large wilding pine and conifer forests…

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National Exotic Forest Description

Date: 28th April 2023

A really informative report has just been jointly released by the NZ Farm Forestry Association, Forest Owners Association and Te Uru Rakau (NZ Forest Service). It’s well worth reading and is an easy read…

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2023 Conference 18-20 October Queenstown

Date: 27th April 2023

We have recently confirmed the 2023 conference location as Queenstown. It will be in the Memorial Hall in Queenstown on the above dates. I would like to acknowledge Queenstown Lakes District Council for their…

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Invasion of New Zealand’s montane forests and sub alpine grasslands by wildings

Date: 26th April 2023

Our montane forests and sub alpine environments are spectacular natural places with many unique plant and animal species, but they are also highly vulnerable to modification from faster growing wilding pines and conifers. To…

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The funding dilemma

Date: 26th April 2023

Funding is a constant challenge – the wilding pine space is no stranger to this as we face significant reductions in the 23/24 financial year which may last up to three years. We cannot…

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Expanding our reach

Date: 7th February 2023

Welcome to 2023. We hope you had some time to refresh and revive over the weird and wonderful weather had by many over Xmas and New Year. The world of wildings has had a…

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Good Nature, Bad Nature

Date: 19th December 2022

The University of Otago is embarking on a really interesting project exploring the current and future management of invasive species, and people’s values associated with contentious species. Their study will help understand how attitudes…

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Carbon forestry – what’s it all about?

Date: 16th December 2022

This is a topic regularly in the media and a land use that is gaining in popularity around New Zealand. Carbon forestry or carbon farming as it is also called is the planting of…

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Wilding conifers on the ground will not wait for funding to catch up

Date: 9th December 2022

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment released a report in October 2022 – entitled Environmental reporting, research and investment – Do we know if we’re making a difference? It’s a big read but pages…

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The fragility of our alpine ecosystems and hill tops

Date: 2nd December 2022

A Recent visit to Southland reminded me about the beauty and vulnerability of our alpine ecosystems which are dominated by small natives -plants and animals especially skinks. Wilding pines and conifers decimate and completely…

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Sustaining the Gains in the media

Date: 1st December 2022

As you know we are building our profile in the media with our campaign to retain sufficient funding for the national programme. It is critical that this resourcing is maintained at a level which…

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Hybrid tree wrongly sold as sterile

Date: 29th November 2022

A recent article in Friday Offcuts, the weekly electronic newsletter for Australasian Forest products companies gives a warning about marketing a product based on something it is not. Pinus radiata x attenuata hybrid has…

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True Story: Wilding pines strangle Kiwi landscapes, but a resistance fights back

Date: 25th November 2022

Check out a great story featuring Steve Palmer from ECAN on Episode 2 on Stuff’s new podcast True Story delves into a curious tale of evil pine trees, shy wallabies, and more. It’s entertaining,…

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Funding opportunities open… get in quick!

Date: 22nd November 2022

Two funds are now open for applications. We encourage you to get cracking with applications. If you need help, please let Jo know jo@wildingpinenetwork.org.nz – part of WPN’s job is to help with these…

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The power of people propagating plants….

Date: 1st November 2022

I recently had the pleasure of going to a propagation workshop held by Wilding Free MacKenzie. Propagation of native species that is – not those marching green trees we saw extending right up to…

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Winning Wilders

Date: 1st November 2022

Great excitement at the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards last night at Auckland Museum. We are thrilled to announce that our two nominations succeeded in their categories. Congratulations to the Whakatipu Wilding Control Group who…

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What the future could look like…………

Date: 21st October 2022

Richard Bowman WPN Chair and our coordinator presented to the NETS (national biosecurity) conference in Christchurch in August 2022. The presentation was on the role of advocacy in a landscape scale biosecurity response but…

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Wildings in the Mackenzie – lend a helping hand

Date: 20th October 2022

Take the time to listen to this interview with Ross Ivey, Chair of the McKenzie Wilding Trust and Rachel Smalley from Today FM. Dated 13/10/22 it was done to advertise upcoming volunteer days. In…

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October 2022 Newsletter is finally out

Date: 19th October 2022

https://mailchi.mp/331486178670/autumn-newsletter-from-the-wilding-pine-network-9089417 In this newsletter – information on our advocacy programme ” Sustaining the Gains” to address the 2023 funding reduction and how you can help, a new member on our management committee, the recently…

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WPN is now on Facebook

Date: 19th October 2022

We have broken new ground and entered a new age! Thanks to Lauren Prebble our social media specialist we have established a social media profile. www.facebook.com/WildingPineNetwork Social media helps amplify advocacy efforts by potentially reaching…

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Control progress 2016-2022

Date: 19th October 2022

Effective wilding control is all about keeping the pressure on -catching trees when they are small and before they get a chance to cone and send their winged progeny out to create more problems…

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SUSTAINING THE GAINS

Date: 18th October 2022

An advocacy campaign to address the 2023 national programme funding reduction. The significant gains made by the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme is at risk due to a reduction of funding to the programme…

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Control Guidelines now available

Date: 18th October 2022

                                      12308A A5 Booklet Wilding Pine Aug 2022 WEB These Guidelines were originally written in 2009 by…

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WPN releases new policy report

Date: 8th April 2022

The WPN has recently released a report about the gaps and limitations in policy and legislation.


Wilding Pine Network welcomes the PCE’s report on weeds in native ecosystems

Date: 16th November 2021

The Wilding Pine Network endorses the PCE’s report on weeds titled “Space invaders: A review of how New Zealand manages weeds that threaten native ecosystems”. Weeds are a significant threat to Aotearoa’s native ecosystems…

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Annual Report for 2020-21 now available

Date: 12th November 2021

The Wilding Pine Network’s 2020-21 Annual Report is now available. In this past year, the Wilding Pine Network (formerly the NZ Wilding Conifer Group) has continued to establish itself as an independent advocacy and…

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