Another successful Biosecurity Hunt! This year we had 7 great hunts for locals and visitors to track down some of the most unwanted bugs to protect our region.

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A multi-party, multi-disciplinary team drawn from across Aotearoa have been recognised for mounting an exceptional response to protect our myrtle species from the devastating effects of myrtle rust. Well done!

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This agricultural pest is currently found in a small number of sites in the region around Te Puke and Pāpāmoa. As it is getting closer to maize harvesting time, the BOPRC are asking people to keep an eye out for it.

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Biosecurity New Zealand have started producing a great newsletter to provide regular updates and advice on how vessel-related biosecurity risk is managed. The first issue is available here and is expected to be released quarterly.

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Growers are reminded that moth plant needs to be controlled now before seed pods form and mature. The moth plant is a poisonous South American vine and very invasive in orchard shelter-belts or nearby weedy areas.

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