Connecting the Tauranga Moana biosecurity community

Scroll through the stories below to read our latest news.

Crazy and Ambitious Conference – Register Now

This year BioHeritage presents Crazy & Ambitious 3, with the Kaurilands Summit. Held online 24-27 May, two wānanga will be showcasing the latest Te Tiriti-led biodiversity and biosecurity research from around Aotearoa.

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KVH Team Welcomes New Addition – Andrew McConnell

After the retirement of John Mather, KVH welcomes a new member to the team, Andrew McConnell as the National Operations and Compliance Officer with experience in biosecurity, pest and risk management. 

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New Biosecurity Pathway Management Plan in Place

KVH has recently confirmed that their new Pathway Management Plan for the kiwifruit industry that was first proposed in 2019 has officially been implemented after a successful approval by the government. 

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New Online Biosecurity Reporting Tool

Biosecurity NZ has released a new web tool so people can report suspected exotic pests and diseases online. From their website, users are guided through the reporting process and can submit photos, locations, and other information. 

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Joint Efforts Underway After Unwanted Pest Detected in Tauranga

A single egg mass belonging to moth pest has been found in Tauranga and determined as a hitchhiker pest. Biosecurity NZ is working with primary sector and Te Tiriti partners to establish their next steps in dealing with the threat.

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NZ Biosecurity Supreme Award Winners

Congratulations to TMBC members, XERRA, who won with their maritime intelligence project ‘Starboard’. The Starboard tool uses data and analytics to assess the biosecurity risk of every vessel entering NZ waters.

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Biosecurity Hunt Was a Success

Another successful Biosecurity Hunt! This year we had 7 great hunts for locals and visitors to track down some of the most unwanted bugs to protect our region.

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Myrtle Rust Consortium Wins Team Award

A multi-party, multi-disciplinary team drawn from across Aotearoa have been recognised for mounting an exceptional response to protect our myrtle species from the devastating effects of myrtle rust. Well done!

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Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Trust Relaunch February 23rd

This is a collective voice of Katikati connected to and concerned about the health of the Kaimai Mamaku ngahere. The relaunch is an opportunity to bring the community together. This will be a Zoom event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

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Doc Makes Public More Than 300 Marine Data Layers

By loading several map layers at one time, the public can compare species ranges and habitats, and visualise where these overlap with protected areas, such as Marine Mammal Sanctuaries and Marine Reserves.

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Tongan Shockwave Detected in The Bay of Plenty

Monitoring sites also recorded evidence of tsunami waves in the Bay of Plenty, showing why it was so important to heed Civil Defence Emergency Management advice around coastal waters when issued.

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Noogoora is Still an Issue

This agricultural pest is currently found in a small number of sites in the region around Te Puke and Pāpāmoa. As it is getting closer to maize harvesting time, the BOPRC are asking people to keep an eye out for it.

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