May 7, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Puha pickers barred from blighted orchards

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(Source | Waatea News) Already the consequences of the recent outbreak are beginning to hit whanau. The kiwifruit vine disease PSA could affect supplies of traditional Maori kai in the Bay of Plenty.

Maori growers are holding a hui at Te Awanui Hukapak’s Mount Maunganui headquarters to learn about the extent of the outbreak and how they will need to respond.

Organiser Hemi Rolleston says there are some unique issues for Maori, who own about 10 percent of the vines.

One of the guys said the me the other day the whanau are continually picking watercress and puha from our orchards and we probably may need to look at that practice, Mr Rolleston says.

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