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Special traps set in Tauranga as part of brown marmorated stink bug surveillance: Biosecurity New Zealand (December 21, 2018)
Biosecurity New Zealand put out a media release on Friday December 21, 2018 regarding increased surveillance for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Mount Maunganui. The bolstered measures follow the find of a lone, live male BMSB in a Mount Maunganui home on December 15. Inquiries to date, including the use of special detector dogs has not found any established population. While Biosecurity New Zealand believe this bug is a hitchhiker, they are taking precautionary measures. Industry is working closely with Biosecurity New Zealand, and are doing a communications push with their local members and the wider community to increase awareness given it is BMSB peak season. BMSB represents a significant risk to New Zealand’s native environment, however the detection of a single bug does not mean there is an established population. Rather it means we are working to ensure that this does not develop into an incursion. We are asking for the public to help us and keep a lookout. BMSB is a shield shaped insect about the size of a ten-cent piece with distinctive black and white banding on the abdomen and the antennae. If you think you have detected a BMSB catch it, snap it and report it – call the MPI hotline on 0800 80 99 66.

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Watch a short video about the damage BMSB can do.

Creating more Mauao guardians: The Weekend Sun (October 12, 2018)
A team of Mauao kaitiaki (guardians) will offer free training to help keep a damaging fungus off the Mount Maunganui landmark. Pohutukawa trees that encircle the beachside mountain are susceptible to myrtle rust, as are resident manuka and kanuka. The fungal disease can affect flowers, shoots and leaves, maiming and sometimes killing the plant itself. 

Our ancestral links to Mauao leave us the inherent responsibility to look after him as he looks after us. It is about kaitiakitanga and passing on this knowledge to our children.  

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Tauranga Moana launches biosecurity collective
Sun Live (October 15, 2018)
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What's lurking below – fighting the weird and not-so-wonderful pests in Tauranga waters
Kiri Gillespie, New Zealand Herald (October 16, 2018)
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Wanted – better biosecurity for BOP
Elaine Fisher, Coast & Country News (November, 2018)
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S T O R I E S /

Pond pests
Chris Steel, Katikati Advertiser (October 11, 2018)
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Mana taiao
Chris Steel, Katikati Advertiser (November 08, 2018)

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Better biosecurity
Elaine Fisher, Coast & Country News (November, 2018)

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Making the masses biosecurity troops
Merle Foster, Coast & Country News (November, 2018)

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Biosecurity in top place
Elaine Fisher, The Orchardist (November, 2018)

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Biosecurity is a community effort
Richard Rennie, Farmers Weekly (October 17, 2018)

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Bay of Plenty biosecurity champions win national awards
Bay of Plenty Times (November 13, 2018)

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Damien O’Connor launches Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital
Kiri Gillespie, Bay of Plenty Times (October 16, 2018)

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New Tauranga biosecurity group welcomes campaign
Bay of Plenty Times (September 28, 2018)

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Bay of Plenty collective forms to strengthen biosecurity fight
Bay of Plenty Times (October 16, 2018)

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Stink bugs threat to Bay’s billion-dollar kiwifruit industry
Bay of Plenty Times (October 17, 2018)
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Little eyes monitoring the garden
The Weekend Sun (November 2, 2018)
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