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

Overhaul of the Biosecurity Act 1993

June 19, 2019

Overhaul of the Biosecurity Act 1993: invitation to attend a workshop discussion 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 remains future focussed in light of emerging challenges and opportunities. Over the coming months, they will … Read More

New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

June 19, 2019

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our country Much of what we do to protect our biodiversity in New Zealand is through biosecurity activity – from trapping rats in backyards to washing and disinfecting footwear when visiting our kauri forests. The Awards acknowledge people and organisations across New Zealand … Read More

TMBC Partner Forum

June 19, 2019

Join us for the next TMBC Partner’s Forum… Tuesday 6 August Date: Tuesday 6 August Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm Venue: Tauranga Yacht Club Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. The Partners Forums are a series of conversations with our biosecurity partners across Tauranga Moana and the wider region. Join us for networking and informal updates, … Read More

TMBC biosecurity response worksop

June 19, 2019

TMBC biosecurity response workshop starts important conversation Around 40 representatives from iwi, science, education, industry, research, council and government came together on Thursday 6 June to learn about how Biosecurity New Zealand manages responses and to discuss what role the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) network could play in supporting a response. Participants learned from … Read More

Successful four-day marine biosecurity wānanga

June 19, 2019

Sharing indigenous knowledge and experiences on marine biosecurity Successful four-day marine biosecurity wānanga Indigenous people from Canada, Hawaii and Australia met at Hungahungatoroa Marae in Matapihi last month as part of a four-day noho (live-in) to discuss how we can be more prepared for the impending threats to our moana, people and culture. Organised by … Read More