Welcome to our newest TMBC members, Envirohub Envirohub Bay of Plenty is one of 14 Environment Centres around New Zealand, aimed at helping local communities learn about and take action on environmental issues that support a sustainable future. Welcome to the network!

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An interview with… Barry O’Neil This month we talk to Barry O’Neil, a passionate biosecurity champion and man of many hats!  What are your current roles? Chair of Horticulture NZ, Chair of Tomatoes NZ, Deputy Chair Scion, Chair Kauri Die back review panel, Governance group National Science challenge for our biological heritage. How did you…

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A pledge to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases A group of more than 50 Kiwi companies have signed a first-of-its-kind pledge to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases. Now, we’re encouraging all Tauranga Moana businesses to join. The Biosecurity Business Pledge – which includes some of New Zealand’s biggest businesses, including Fonterra, Auckland…

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Moth beetle to control invasive moth plant Bay of Plenty Regional Council is using the moth beetle to control the invasive moth plant weed in what is a world-first project. The moth plant is a native of Argentina and Brazil and has been in New Zealand since 1888. It’s also a major problem weed that thrives…

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The Biological Heritage National Science Challenge The Biological Heritage National Science Challenge (NSC) is one of 11 NSCs in New Zealand and the Challenge recognizes TMBC as a flagship site. The Mission of the Biological Heritage Challenge is to reverse the decline of NZ’s biological heritage and it is working on this through partnerships with…

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Kiwifruit growers fruit fly preparedness KVH has developed an awesome new guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region. This is a great way for growers to be as prepared as possible! The guidelines can be used to help business continuity…

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Smart phone app tracking the spread of BMSB in Italy Last year at Plant and Food’s Te Puke Research Centre, two European Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) experts shared accounts of research that is currently underway in Italy to achieve sustainable control of this invasive pest. Click here to read more.

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There are still a few copies of the 2020 pest calendars left If you or your organisation would like one of these fantastic, bright and colourful Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence 2020 ‘unwanted pest’ calendars (created by KVH, Biosecurity New Zealand and the Port of Tauranga) please contact Lisa Gibbison with your postal address.

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