Rodney Times : February 10th 2011
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Thursday, February 10, 2011 SNELLS BEACH House & Land Packages from $447,000* GULF HARBOUR House & Land Packages from $455,000* We have over 50 house and land packages available throughout Rodney starting from as low as $299,000* GJ-HAL-67-RN1210-NWN MANGAWHAI House & Land Packages from $299,000* WELLSFORD House & Land Packages from $366,000* 0800 42 45 46 www.gjgardner.co.nz Price indication only, some conditions may apply. Images are artists impression only. * * * Price indication only some conditions may apply RODNEY Orewa OfÞce: 20 Tamariki Ave. (09) 427 9231 Orewa Display Home: 15 Grand Drive. (09) 421 0991 Huapai OfÞce: 1A Tapu Rd. (09) 412 5371 Mangawhai Display Home: 24 Insley St. (09) 423 1020 Snells Beach OfÞce: 8 Riverleigh Dr. (09) 425 6175 Phone us now for your free copy of our house and land packages catalogue, or call in and have a chat with us today. Poisoning a mystery Drilled deep: Yolande Carter shows where holes in trees indicate a herbicide or unknown poison may have been poured in. Photos: DELWYN DICKEY Poisoned plants: The affected area is several metres wide, includes part of a vegetable garden and is still active. By DELWYN DICKEY AN unidentified poison that killed trees on a boundary is still having an effect five months later. Yolande Carter, 86, of Snells Beach is upset her trees died and concerned about the substance used. The poison still appears active and is possibly leach- ing or moving through plant roots. Grass around the trees died and is not regrowing. Nearby high shrubs are also showing die-off signs. Yolande is worried whether it is safe to eat anything from her vegetable garden. Nothing will grow closest to the trees but the far end is lush. She is unsure whether she should still be eating any- thing out of it. The pittosporum trees were planted in 1982 on the border of the sloping section overlooking the beach. Yolande noticed they were beginning to lose their leaves in September. She checked to ensure it wasn t normal leaf shed and then looked at the trees from the public walkway running behind her house. The dying trees had holes drilled into them. Many properties on the walkway have high fences, but Yolande says she likes her low one. I didn t want a high fence at the back. I like to talk to the people walking past. There are some really nice people who walk through there. Her husband, former Northcote College principal Steve Carter, planted the trees as seedlings. He died in March last year. The former Rodney District Council told Yolande they had not been spraying in the area. Police made inquiries but were unable to come up with any clues, she says. The trees were thinned about a year ago after a request but there was no further comment about them since, she says We took some soil samples and my son found some white crystals but they haven t been tested yet. It costs $180 per test and you have to say what to test for -- but we don t know.
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