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

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

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

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

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

Auckland fruit fly response

April 29, 2019

Auckland fruit fly response Auckland fruit fly response: what can we learn from it in Tauranga Moana? After several weeks’ of intensive trapping and fruit inspections, we chat to TMBC member Stu Hutchings, Chairman of the New Zealand Fruit Fly Council and Chief Executive of KVH about what worked well during the latest fruit fly … Read More