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Stand aside Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef – Northland’s own version of popularist cooking is coming to the Northland Field Days.

Stand aside Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef – Northland’s own version of popularist cooking is coming to the Northland Field Days.

Pete Davis, DOC Northland Technical Support Officer, Biodiversity Threats, takes a bite of a 'model' pie.
Pete Davis, DOC Northland Technical
Support Officer, Biodiversity Threats,
takes a bite of a 'model' pie

As part of its involvement with the Field Days this year, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is running a pest pies competition, under a wider display focusing on “the F word” - forests.

Looking after our native forests better provides many benefits for human use, says DOC spokesperson Pete Davis.

“We hope that by offering a fun and useful way to deal with pests, for example, people will gain some new insights into the importance of Northland’s forests and how forest health benefits us all. We’d like to help people gain a better understanding of the services our forests provide, such as clean fresh water and sea, cleaner air, tourism, filtration and of course, food.”

Would people still think they were in New Zealand if they didn’t have great forests, tui and kukupa flying around and pohutukawa flowering, Mr Davis asks.

Every New Zealander owns the land DOC manages, so it’s important to have a shared understanding of what’s needed to protect such valuable natural assets.

“We’d like to support Northlanders in taking an active interest in their native forests, to learn more about the role of forests in human wellbeing and to start looking at that involvement as a personal investment.”

Other exhibitions being run by DOC at the Field Days include backpack possum plucking, trapping and rural fire fighting. The pie competition is being judged by well-known Whangarei personality, Reva Meredith, of Reva’s Waterfront Restaurant.

Entry details are available online or any Northland DOC office.

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