Pests & Diseases News

Sightings of invasive angry pest bird increase in Auckland - 4 September 2013

The recent “Angry Bird” campaign, to increase awareness of a pest bird in Auckland, has sparked an increase in confirmed public sightings of the red-vented-bulbul, an aggressive Asian species that threatens our crops.

New Management Agency for the National Bovine Tuberculosis Pest Management Plan - 14 June 2013

A new management agency has been appointed for the National Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Pest Management plan.

Ministry seeks mystery ant sender - 7 February 2013

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is seeking public help to find a person who sent an ant sample to an insect scientist at Landcare Research in Auckland, but provided no contact details or information about where the ant was found.

New NAIT regulations to come into effect - 21 December 2012

New regulations to support compliance with the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) scheme and protect the privacy of NAIT stakeholders will come into effect on 10 January 2013.

Ministry for Primary Industries investigation into clinical cases of anaemia in cattle in Northland - 7 December 2012

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has received reports of anaemia in cattle in the Northland region, with the presence of Theileria orientalis in some of these sick animals. Although Theileria orientalis may cause anaemia it is not necessarily the cause of this condition because the parasite is often also found incidentally in healthy animals.

Ministry makes progress on kiwifruit review recommendations - 31 August 2012

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is making good progress in implementing the recommendations of the recent independent review of imports of kiwifruit plant material.

MPI investigates kanakana/lamprey with unusual skin markings - 31 August 2012

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is once again investigating the appearance of kanakana (also known as lamprey) with unusual skin markings in Southland rivers.

Asian gypsy moth eggs intercepted at border - 30 August 2012

The interception of an Asian gypsy moth egg mass during border checks on an imported Japanese car shows New Zealand’s biosecurity controls are working, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Ministry formally warns growers following misuse of chemical spray - 27 August 2012

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has completed an investigation into the misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin on kiwifruit, and 26 growers who admitted using the chemical outside the strict use conditions have been sent a formal warning letter.

Don't Spread Unwanted Freshwater Pests This Whitebait Season - 13 August 2012

With whitebait season starting on Wednesday 15 August, the Ministry for Primary Industries is reminding whitebaiters to Check, Clean and Dry their equipment between waterways to avoid the spread of unwanted freshwater pests that can clog nets and choke waterways, including whitebait habitats.

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