Myrtle species imprtation and myrtle rust connection

John Hill made this Official Information request to Ministry for Primary Industries

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From: John Hill

Dear Ministry for Primary Industries,

Myrtle Species and myrtle rust

1. Has MPI allowed the importation of Myrtle species from overseas
2. If the answer to question 1 is yes , please specify which countries the import have been allowed from and the years from 2000 since they have been imported, and the quantity from each country
3. If Myrtle species have been imported from overseas , then has there been a specific check by Bio Security at the border for myrtle rust as a part of the inspection process.
4. Have all myrtle species imported been subject to fungicide treatment on their importation?
5. If the myrtle species have been allowed as an import does MPI know where the plants were destined for.
6. If MPI knows the destination of the plants , are these the same locations that MPI has been targeting in their recent campaign to eradicated the problem.
7. Does MPI analysis show that there is a connection between the Myrtle rust outbreak and the importation of myrtle plant species

Yours faithfully,

John Hill

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Ministry for Primary Industries

Tēnā koe John,

Thank you for your official information request as below.

Your request will be considered and an answer provided in accordance with the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982.

If you have any questions regarding this request, please email [email address].

Ngā mihi,

Gabrielle Mackintosh | Ministerial Support Officer
Ministerials & Business Support | Office of the Director-General
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatū Ahu Matua
Telephone: 0800 00 83 33 | Web:

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From: Alastair Gilby
Ministry for Primary Industries

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Dear John Hill,


On behalf of Peter Thomson Director Plants, Food, and Environment please
find a response to your official information request attached.




Alastair Gilby | Adviser – Official Information Act
Office of the Director-General | Ministerials and Business Support
Ministry for Primary Industries - Manatû Ahu Matua | Pastoral House 25
The Terrace | PO Box 2526 | Wellington 6140
New Zealand
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