TMBC supports stronger action to protect iconic kauri

July 21, 2019

TMBC supports stronger action to protect iconic kauri Many of our members were closely involved in consultation rounds in late 2018/early 2019 to find ways to ‘accelerate protection for kauri’. These resulted in a proposal to accelerate protection by establishing a National Kauri Dieback Pest Management Plan (NPMP) and new independent management agency to implement this. The independent lead and independent panel … Read More

Join us at the next TMBC Partners Forum

July 21, 2019

Join us at the next TMBC Partners Forum You are invited to join us for the next Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital Partners Forum. These are a series of informal updates and networking opportunities for our biosecurity partners across the region. Date: Tuesday, August 6 Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm Venue: Tauranga Yacht Club Light snacks and refreshments will be provided for … Read More

Sentinel gardens raising biosecurity awareness at schools

July 21, 2019

Sentinel gardens raising biosecurity awareness at schools Under the TMBC umbrella, we have a unique project called the Sentinel Gardens – raising biosecurity awareness at schools and also assisting with surveillance for biosecurity threats. There are currently two gardens in place at St Thomas More and St Marys School, where the students monitor a variety of plants every day for any unwanted … Read More

Biosecurity Act Overhaul – register now to have your say

July 21, 2019

Biosecurity Act overhaul – register now to have your say You’re invited to get involved in the overhaul of the Biosecurity Act 1993, by attending the workshop on Friday 2 August (venue tbc), 9.30am – 4.30pm.  MPI is leading a forward-looking and strategic overhaul of the Biosecurity Act 1993. This overhaul will focus on ensuring the regulatory settings are appropriate and the Act … Read More

An interview with… Waiaria Rameka (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Raukawa)

July 21, 2019

An interview with… Waiaria Rameka (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Raukawa) This month we chat to Waiaria Rameka, Administration Extraordinaire at Manaaki Te Awanui, (Tauranga’s Māori environmental research agency) about giving a voice to Māori knowledge and why it’s important for children to build a strong connection to Taiao (the natural world, environment).   What’s led you to get involved in biosecurity and environmental related kaupapa? … Read More

Spread of pests and weeds by heavy machinery posing high risk

July 20, 2019

Spread of pests and weeds by heavy machinery posing high risk The spread of pests and weeds by vehicles, machinery and equipment poses a persistently high risk, with at least 80 pest species known to be typically moved by machinery.  Small fragments of unwanted vegetation are easily spread by contaminated equipment and excavation machinery.  Transportation of root, stem, seed and crown fragments propagate quickly once … Read More

On-orchard biosecurity boosted

July 20, 2019

On-orchard biosecurity boosted Kiwifruit growers are strengthening their biosecurity plans through a new guide from KVH. The 5 step on-orchard biosecurity guidelines are the first of their kind for the industry and are a set of measures designed to protect a property from the entry and spread of pests and diseases. KVH has developed the best practice guidelines to help growers identify biosecurity … Read More

Predator Free Bay of Plenty’s backyard trapping programme

July 19, 2019

Predator Free Bay of Plenty’s backyard trapping programme exceeding expectations Predator Free Bay of Plenty is a community-led, backyard trapping initiative that aims to bring native birds, insects and lizards back to our suburbs and unite our backyard efforts to the National Predator Free 2050 movement. With a goal to get a rat trap operating in one in every five backyards … Read More

Ornamental pond survey

June 19, 2019

Ornamental pond survey in Maungatapu and Omokoroa searching for aquatic pests As part of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s role to actively search for new pests in the region, over 770 properties were checked in Maungatapu and Omokoroa earlier this year, looking for aquatic pests. To do this, contractors go door-to-door on private land … Read More

Protecting the region from Kauri dieback disease

June 19, 2019

Significant work to protect the region from Kauri dieback disease The Kaimai range, with access just 20 minutes away from Tauranga is highly susceptible to the soil bound pathogen, kauri dieback disease, that kills our naturally regenerating kauri trees. It is also one of the last kauri forests in New Zealand with no detectable signs … Read More