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TMBC 'Spotlight on Biosecurity' Week 2019

Our TMBC partners are supporting and hosting a week of biosecurity-related activities in and around Tauranga Moana, from Monday 21 October - Friday 25 October including:

'Bad Bugs' Colouring in competition for schools
Primary schools across the region are competing for a range of prizes in this year's TMBC biosecurity colouring competition.  Winners will be announced at the symposium.

Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence, Monday 21, Thursday 24 and Friday 25, Port-based with visits to associated facilities
A key focus of the Port of Tauranga Excellence group is to implement activities to raise biosecurity awareness amongst Port staff, contractors and visitors (including associated businesses and providers etc) and educate them on how they can help reduce the risk of unwanted pests and pathogens entering New Zealand through the Port. After holding successful Biosecurity Weeks in the past, another similar event will be held in 2019 that will engage more people in quality conversations about managing biosecurity risk. There will be two days of dedicated staffroom visits and conversations over morning tea shouts; visits to Transitional Facilities that service the Port; and a special Vessel to Vine coach tour for biosecurity champions to increase understanding of what is at risk in the local area if there was an incursion through the Port. A new pest calendar has also been produced for these audiences in a pack that is provided during visits to demonstrate the resources and education material available from the Excellence group.

TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium 2019, Tuesday 22 October

Kiwifruit Grower Biosecurity Day - Wednesday 23 October 9am - 1pm, 21 Adams Avenue Mount Maunganui

KVH and Zespri, as well as special guest speakers, are hosting an event dedicated to learning more about the initiatives underway to protect the New Zealand kiwifruit industry from unwanted pests and diseases. The morning will include an exclusive session with Professor Acelino Alfenas from Clonar/University of Vicosa, Brazil who will discuss research into Brazilian Wilt, a soil-borne disease of concern and the importance of traceability.

Presentations will also cover BMSB preparedness and on-orchard management, and latest news and lessons from research initiatives.

Bio Control: Fighting Flora with Fauna, Wednesday 5pm at Bay of Plenty Regional Council, First Ave Tauranga

Find out how it’s possible to use nature in the fight against invasive pest plants. Biocontrol is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly, and permanent solution to weed control.

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) has invited three experts to explain the rationale for using biocontrol in preventing the spread of weeds and will highlight projects in operation right here in Tauranga Moana and across NZ.  For more information about this free event, click here.

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