What a year!

December 10, 2020

What a year! As the finish line of 2020 draws near, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all our members who care enough about protecting our region from pests and disease to support TMBC in leading and taking action towards biosecurity excellence.  A special thank you also to our funding partners who … Read More

TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium 2020

December 10, 2020

TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium. Photos: Alan Gibson. TMBC Biosecurity Excellence Symposium 2020 This year’s symposium was our largest ever with just over 100 attendees who gathered to considerer the theme of COVID-19: impact, learnings and new thinking for biosecurity. A diverse line-up of speakers related the many and varied paralells between a human health pandemic and a biosecurity … Read More

New members… nau mai haere mai

December 10, 2020

Welcome to our newest TMBC members, Better Biosecurity Solutions We are pleased to announce our newest TMBC members, Tourism Bay of Plenty and Xerra. The major focus of Xerra’s work is to help analysts and decision-makers tackle complex challenges in New Zealand’s maritime domain, for example they are developing software and new methods to: Detect non-reporting or ‘dark vessels’ … Read More

Save the date: TMBC Partners Forum

December 10, 2020

Save the date: TMBC Partners Forum Date: Tuesday 23 February Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pmVenue: Zespri Save the date for our first Partners Forum for 2021. This is an informal event which aims to strengthen our relationships and connectedness across the network, encourage and inspire each other and to highlight the impact our members are having on biosecurity. We’ll … Read More

Beware unwanted Christmas surprises

December 10, 2020

Beware unwanted Christmas surprises December and January will see reduced passengers arriving into New Zealand due to COVID-19, but we continue to see an ever increasing amount of cargo and mail over this period with volumes in the express freight pathway doubling every three years.   To keep our region safe from exotic pests, please take … Read More

Calling all biosecurity champions: last chance to register!

December 10, 2020

Calling all biosecurity champions: last chance to register! TMBC have joined forces with Biosecurity New Zealand to build our regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity incursions If you would like to be part of our matrix of interested people who will be trained to help protect our region, there is still time to register.     … Read More

Preparing for the travel bubble

December 10, 2020

Preparing for the travel bubble Biosecurity New Zealand are gearing up for a safe travel zone between New Zealand and countries that have COVID-19 under control. There’s been no decision yet on when quarantine restrictions will end for any country. However, there is likely to be very short notice to get ready once the call comes.  Auckland … Read More

Wild kiwifruit pest plant control

December 10, 2020

Council and kiwifruit industry collaborate to control pest plant A new agreement has confirmed a decade of action against the pest plant wild kiwifruit as part of the efforts to control its spread in the Bay of Plenty. Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) and Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) will continue to work together to … Read More

New Port biosecurity kits

December 10, 2020

New Port biosecurity kits All staffrooms, portacoms and other frontline workers spaces are now equipped with basic biosecurity kits, thanks to the Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence programme, run by the Port, KVH and local Biosecurity New Zealand office. The kits are a simple and useful tool to help frontline staff who work within the … Read More

Protect our lakes and rivers

December 10, 2020

Do your bit to protect the lakes and rivers that you love All it takes is one tiny fragment of hornwort or a single catfish egg. If aquatic pests hitch a ride on your gear they can spread to previously unaffected waterways – choking our lakes and rivers, make them murky, and out-competing native wildlife. Sadly … Read More