Marlborough Mid-Week : February 11th 2015
NEWS Manuka is hardy tree This week Department of Conservation partnerships ranger Clare Moore talks about the quintessentialNew Zealand tree, the manuka. Manuka is a familiar tree to most of us, with its flush of white flowers that cover hillsides during spring and summer and the sought-after honey made from its nectar. It is easy to confuse manuka with kanuka. Although manuka and kanuka have a superficial similarity and are collectively known as ‘‘tea trees’’ they are genetically very distinct from each other. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is a rather variable plant ranging from flat creeping forms and small shrubs to tall trees (up to 10m tall). It has short, papery, rather flaky brown bark and is sometimes covered with sooty mould, a black fungus that feeds on the honeydew produced by scale insects. Kanuka (Kunzea ericoides) can grow into a tree up to 30 metres tall. The trunk and branches are usually clad in long, leathery strips of bark, and the leaves are softer to the touch, unlike the pricklier manuka leaves. To help you remember this, think ‘‘manuka mean’’ (i.e. prickly to touch) and ‘‘kanuka kind’’ (i.e. soft to touch). The hard, red wood of manuka was widely used by Maori for everything from paddles, weapons, spade blades, bird spears and mauls to house building. The bark was used for making water containers and the inner bark as a waterproof layer for roofing. Captain Cook and early settlers called manuka a ‘‘tea v tree’’ because they used the green leaves to make a substitute for tea. They also brewed twigs from this plant with rimu to make beer. Manuka flowers smell very Natural: A classicNewZealand bush scene of a fantail in a manuka tree. Early settlers battled hard sweet and they provide an important source of pollen and nectar for native bees, flies, moths, beetles and geckos. Chemical tests have shown that manuka pollen, and honey derived from it, contains powerful insecticides and anti-bacterial agents that can help fight intestinal worms and bacterial infections. Manuka oil is sold in New Zealand and overseas in various cosmetics and health care products. to clear their land and regarded manuka as an invasive shrub that undid all of their hard work. However, these plants can act as an important tool for revegetating bare, eroded slopes. By creating shade and shel- ter from the wind, they provide an excellent nursery for other, slower growing native plants. Then, as these other plants get taller and overtop them, the manuka dies away as a result of being shaded. Unlike many other native plants, manuka is not usually eaten by browsing animals like sheep, cattle and goats. Photo: FILE Have a go at growing and planting your own manuka – it’s a hardy plant which can be found in many different habitats including wetlands, river gravels and dry hillsides. When mature, it is very tolerant of drought, water logging, strong winds and frost. The easiest way to propagate manuka seeds is to leave several trays of seed raising mix beneath a mature manuka tree during late autumn. The very fine seeds will fall to the ground into your trays, and if you keep them moist and protected from disturbance, you will have a good number of seedlings sprouting up. MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 9 ‘Bear Hug’ Annual Appeal Our Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal is taking place from 2 - 8 March. As a not-for- profit organisation, we have to fund-raise so that we can sustain and grow our community support services. All money fund-raised or collected during our Annual Appeal remains within the local community that it is given - thismeans your support will be directly helping Marlborough families. Here’s how you can help! Become a bucket collector at our Street Appeal on Friday 6 March. If you’d like to collect for us, please contact Kerry Hamilton, Acting Community Services Leader, on firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 927 750 or leave a `message on 578 5633. Make a donation If you’re not able to collect for us, you can still make a contribution by making a small donation. Every cent helps! Experienced Sewers Required (Volunteer positions) We are looking for some volunteer sewers to help sew some merino blankets. Thesemerino blankets are a fundraising project for Renwick Plunket to help provide services such as Well Child Clinics and Playgroup in Renwick. Keen to help? Call Phillippa on 03 572 9916 to volunteer or for queries. 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