Most New Zealanders would not consider kiwifruit (Actinidia deliciosa) a weed. Here it is growing wild (middle distance) on a stream bank in the Bay of Plenty. Originating in China, seeds were first introduced in 1904, and large-scale commercial farming began in the 1970s. It took some 50 years from its arrival in the country for kiwifruit to appear in the wild, and since the late 1970s increasing numbers of plants have been recorded. The worst area for infestation is Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty, where it was intensively cultivated. The regional council is controlling it.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Paul Barry Cashmere
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