Connecting the Tauranga Moana biosecurity community
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The Biological Heritage National Science Challenge and Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research recently appointed Shaun Ogilvie as the Kaihautū Ngātahi, Co-Director-Māori for the Challenge.
If you’d like to get your hands on some fantastic Ko Tātou playing cards that feature our region’s most unwanted exotic pests, get in touch!
Left uncontrolled, wild kiwifruit can be devastating to New Zealand native bush and forest. Alongside BOPRC, KVH has worked on 103 properties over the last year, destroyed 13,400 vines, and cleared 4ha of matted vine covered area in the BOP region.
There will be at least three stink bug sniffing dogs patrolling the border this high-risk season. The specialist dogs have been used successfully since 2017 for screening of cargo and surveillance of transitional facilities on other sites.
A large number of juvenile fanworm were discovered on the bottom of a boat moored in the harbour, highlighting the need to keep hulls cleaned.
Use the BOP Regional Council’s new Pest Portal for help to identify a pest and get guidance on what to do next.
Red-eared slider turtles are one of many ‘sleeper pests’ that Toi Moana BOP Regional Council fears high summer temperatures may turn into a major threat to native ecosystems.
A Cultural Biosecurity Ambassador roopū has been established after a series of hui led by the B3 research collaboration.
In what must be one of the whackiest and worrisome emerging biosecurity trends, online sellers are hawking Giant African Snails as pets!
The movement of boats around the country between harbours increases the risk of marine pests spreading. Learn the rules, and be ‘Good to Go’ for summer.
A new brown marmorated stink bug season kicked off on 1 September and Biosecurity New Zealand officers are once again working to block potential entry pathways for the invasive pest to arrive in New Zealand.