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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 53

Work Experience and Nursery Tour in New Zealand

David Hide

pp: 218-222


Much of my time in New Zealand was spent as a volunteer at Taupo Native Plant Nursery. It has been a nursery for 40 years — for the first 30 years it was run by the Department of Conservation. In 1993 it was privatised but, under its current manager and part owner, Philip Smith, retains its remit to provide native plants for the restoration of scenic reserves, forests, and national parks. Re-vegetation projects are booming thanks to investment by the recently elected government, which is working to reverse the conservation threats to the country's internationally important native plants and wildlife.

As a result of this interest Taupo Native Plant Nursery is expanding rapidly and produces more than 2 million plants on a site of 20 ha with a staff of more than 30. Mr. Smith has structured the nursery with a number of key managers and one or two full-time staff employed to strengthen each team. The remainder of the workforce is casual labour.

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