New Zealand is home to 602 different species of native trees and shrubs today.

For the past century, Kiwis have fought hard to protect their fauna after the arrival of Europeans and later, the spread of devastating plant diseases cost us large amounts of biomass.

Yet there is one tree that stands out in the endeavor to preserve our natural environment – the mangrove.

Mangroves have noticeably spread along New Zealand's coast and have long sparked heated discussions amongst different lobby groups questioning whether or not they should be allowed to grow.

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