[23 May/ Radio New Zealand]

The new arrived Myrtle Rust fungus has now been identified at a nursery in Te Kuiti in the King Country according to the Ministry for Primary Industries.  The disease was detected after MPI traced the sale of plants from another infected nursery.  Restrictions have been placed on the property and it will be treated with fungicide.  The find in the King Country, together with the discovery of three further contaminated nurseries in Taranaki, means that are now 16 properties with the infection nationally.  MPI said that it had received unprecedented support from members of the public with some 420 reports of suspected symptoms to its 0800 number.