The votes are in and the Kauri tree has been named New Zealand's plant of 2012.

The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network has run its favourite plant competition for years now and hundreds of people have been voting.

Council member Jesse Bythell said the Kauri tree is always a strong contender and people were full of praise for it once again this year.

She said it has mana and is a taonga which captures the New Zealand spirit.

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Ms Bythell said the result has also helped raise awareness for the Kauri dieback disease which is threatening the native tree.