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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

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 … 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

Member news in brief

April 29, 2019

Member news in brief Subscribe, and share! To subscribe members of your organisation, or to share your stories and events within the TMBC network, please email Diane Berghan at TMBC. In short Been overseas recently? Help protect our orchards Samurai Wasp says ‘smell ya later, stink bug’ Biosecurity training piloted Help dig out new wood-boring … Read More

Nau mai, haere mai

April 29, 2019

Welcome! New members Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company providing research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products We look forward to welcoming their representative Peter Scott (Epidermiology & Disease Management) and Beccy Ganley (Science Group Leader) to our upcoming meetings. SPS Biosecurity is an MPI … Read More

Have your say on better ways to stop marine pests

April 29, 2019

Have your say Have your say on better ways to stop marine pests With support from Biosecurity New Zealand, four regional councils – Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Toi Moana – are exploring whether having hull-fouling rules that are applied consistently across several regions would be a better way forward. Read the discussion … Read More

Biosecurity 2025

April 29, 2019

Biosecurity 2025 Biosecurity 2025: a plan to strengthen our biosecurity system together The Biosecurity 2025 Implementation Plan was launched late last year It brings together the thoughts, ideas, actions, wants and desires of everyone from across the system into a living document that will guide actions over the next 5-7 years. We have considered a … Read More

Almost 200 sites with confirmed myrtle rust

Almost 200 sites with confirmed myrtle rust

April 29, 2019

Almost 200 sites confirmed There are currently 194 sites (properties) in the Bay of Plenty with confirmed infection of myrtle rust, mostly in the Te Puke and Bethlehem areas. Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the myrtle family. Plants in this family include the iconic pōhutukawa, mānuka and rātā as … Read More

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