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TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium

September 2, 2019

TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium You’re invited to celebrate one year on from the launch of Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and join our 2019 Biosecurity Excellence Symposium. The theme is ‘This is personal’ highlighting how biosecurity incursions affect all of us – reminding us what’s at stake and why we’re working collectively to protect our region from unwanted pests and diseases. The second half … Read More

New members… Nau mai, haere mai

September 2, 2019

Welcome to our newest TMBC members, Predator Free Bay of Plenty and Biosecurity Research Predator Free BOP is a community led, backyard trapping initiative that aims to bring native birds back to our suburbs and help make NZ predator free by 2050. Biosecurity Research, run by Dr Karyn Froud has expertise in epidemiological research into pest and disease outbreaks, and investigating factors affecting productivity, … Read More

Allied Pickfords making it easy for new arrivals to understand their role in biosecurity

September 2, 2019

Allied Pickfords making it easy for new arrivals to understand their role in biosecurity When TMBC members Allied Pickfords approached Biosecurity New Zealand to produce a flyer alerting new arrivals into New Zealand about the risks of brown marmorated stink bugs, they took it one step further by getting them translated into simplified Chinese and Korean languages. This was to get their clients on … Read More

Measuring biosecurity excellence in port communities

September 2, 2019

Measuring biosecurity excellence in port communities The Port of Tauranga (PoT) is New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing port, processing a large volume of goods, from diverse origins. This presents a key risk; these goods may contain biosecurity risks. With over 1,000 workers on the port, and a number of different companies operating, there is dispersed social and geographic responsibility for managing these … Read More

Future challenges tackled at Horticulture Conference 2019

September 2, 2019

Future challenges tackled at Horticulture Conference 2019 More than 600 fruit and vegetable growers and horticulture industry companies attended the Our Food Future Horticulture Conference 2019 at Mystery Creek last month. “We’re extremely happy with how our conference has gone” said HortNZ Chief Executive, Mike Chapman. “Hundreds of growers have come together and heard what the solutions are likely to be to challenges … Read More

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Road testing the PPBS

May 20, 2019

Road testing the Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme Over the past year NZ Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI) has worked with plant producers, plant buyers, horticulture and forestry sectors, MPI and other stakeholders to design the Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme (PPBS). The Scheme will assist New Zealand’s nursery sector to improve plant hygiene and traceability practices by helping … Read More

Garden converted to promote biodiversity

Garden converted to promote biodiversity

May 20, 2019

Tauranga garden converted to promote biodiversity We need your help! Heather Loughlin’s urban woodland garden in Matua has been featured in NZ House & Garden magazine. But after a visit from New Zealand’s ‘Bug Man’ Ruud Kleinplaste, during last year’s Art & Garden Festival, Heather was inspired to undertake a major overhaul of her garden … Read More

Bill Dyck interview

Bill Dyck interview

May 20, 2019

An interview with… Bill Dyck, science and technology broker This month we chat to Bill Dyck, a man of many biosecurity-related hats, about his various roles and the key opportunities for protecting Tauranga Moana. You’ve just returned from a trip to Europe, tell us about that? I went up there as part of a team assisting the … Read More

Halting the spread of pest fish in Pāpāmoa

Halting the spread of pest fish in Pāpāmoa

April 29, 2019

Halting the spread of pest fish In the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in the occurrence of some introduced fish species in Bay of Plenty waterways, including the Pāpāmoa storm water system recently. The introduction of exotic fish in New Zealand waterways is an increasing problem that causes substantial harm to our freshwater … Read More

LATEST NEWS
TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium / READ MORE


New members... Nau mai, haere mai / READ MORE


Allied Pickfords making it easy for new arrivals to understand their role in biosecurity / READ MORE


Measuring biosecurity excellence in port communities / READ MORE


Future challenges tackled at Horticulture Conference 2019 / READ MORE

 

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