Connecting the Tauranga Moana biosecurity community

Scroll through the stories below to read our latest news.

Guardians of the Forest Campaign is Complete!

Congratulations to the winners of the Guardian of the Forest – Creative Challenge. We loved seeing how each artwork entry uniquely expressed the importance of protecting our sacred kauri!

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Winter Campaign to Help Raise Awareness of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs

Biosecurity New Zealand has just launched its winter campaign to help raise awareness of a particularly unwanted pest – the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

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Chasing Antagonists Of The Myrtle Rust Fungus in Brazil

Join an important webinar at 11am, 8 June, presented by Dr Gleiber Quinta and Dr Robert Barreto from the Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil where they will discuss chasing the fungal antagonists of the myrtle rust fungus in Brazil.

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B3 Steps Up Research On Fall Armyworm

With several populations found at different locations in the past few months, Better Border Biosecurity (B3) is focusing its expertise and intensifying research activity to support the ongoing response to the incursion of the fall armyworm (FAW).

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Calling All Biosecurity Champions

Entries to the 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards will be opening soon. These awards recognise and celebrate individuals and teams who are working hard to help ensure NZ is safe from pests and diseases. Have you got what it takes? 

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Free Plant Pass Workshops – 5 July 2022

Plant producers and biosecurity managers may be interested in attending a free (usually $100) regional workshop being held in Tauranga on July 5 at Classic Flyers. Workshops focus on implementing Plant Pass into nursery productions. 

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Tauranga Harbour Survey 2022

Biosecurity New Zealand conducted a survey of Tauranga Harbour from the 14-18th of February that looks for non-native marine organisms that could impact our environment. No new-to-New Zealand species were detected. 

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Threatened Fish Species Found In Ōhiwa Area

New and rare fish species have been discovered by Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council scientists in the Nukuhou catchment. Further eDNA sampling across the Ōhiwa is planned for later this year and will look at 10-20 more sites. 

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Guardians of the Forest – Let’s Get Creative!

TMBC is running a campaign asking Bay of Plenty kids to create a piece of artwork that captures the importance of our kauri trees and why we need to protect these ancient forest giants.

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Tiakina Taiao Programme Success

On Thursday 7 April, fifteen kids from Maungatapu Primary School learned about local biosecurity issues and the techniques being used to combat them, as part of TMBC’s educational programme ‘Tiakina Taiao’.

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New Pest Calendar Coming Soon

The annual Port of Tauranga Biosecurity Excellence pest calendar is being refreshed as we speak and is expected to be out in time for the next high-risk season for some of our region’s most unwanted pests.

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Community Tackling Unwanted Wilding Pines

A community partnership project near Rotorua has taken on the challenge to stop the spread of unwanted wilding pines in its tracks as it is estimated to cover 25% of NZ within 30 years.

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