New members… Nau mai, haere mai Envirohub

January 27, 2020

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!

An interview with… Barry O’Neil

January 27, 2020

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 … Read More

Businesses sign first-of-its-kind biosecurity pledge

January 27, 2020

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 … Read More

Bay of Plenty Regional Council enact world first Bio-Control project

January 27, 2020

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 … Read More

Biological Heritage and its relevance to the work of TMBC

January 27, 2020

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 … Read More

What would happen in a fruit fly response: new guide for growers

January 27, 2020

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 … Read More

Smart phone app tracking spread of BMSB

January 27, 2020

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.

Have you got your 2020 pest calendar?

January 27, 2020

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.

Pest plant swap meet goes down a treat

November 17, 2019

Pest plant swap meet goes down a treat Locals at recent weekend markets walked away delighted and a lot more biosecurity conscious – all they had to do was pop along to Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) stands with a pest weed and swap it for a free native plant. At the two events, … Read More

Port partners come together to watch for pests

November 17, 2019

Port partners come together to watch for pests A biosecurity excellence programme runs year-round at the port, and to coincide with the Symposium and Grower Day, there were morning teas on offer as a team comprised of Port of Tauranga, Biosecurity New Zealand and KVH staff visited smoko huts and staffrooms to chat to frontline … Read More