Frequently Asked Questions

Could didymo spread to lakes throughout New Zealand?

Yes. Although didymo prefers a river environment with clear water flowing over stable substrate at depths sufficient for light penetration to drive photosynthesis, blooms have been found in South Island Lakes. Lake Wakatipu, for example, contains visible didymo on some parts of the lake shore.

What are the costs to New Zealand of implementing the GM testing protocol?

The key cost is that of the test itself.  Testing costs between $340 and $560 NZD depending on which laboratory conducts the test. Importers are likely to pass any increased costs from testing on to their consumers, so lucerne hay and alfalfa sprouts may cost slightly more as a result.

What are the economic impacts of didymo?
Which items are considered 'risky'?

Items which could pose a risk include meat and meat products, eggs and egg products, dairy products, animal products such as wool, hides, hunting trophies, soil, seeds and plants, second-hand saddlery, animal remedies, some Chinese medicines, used vehicles, farm machinery and contaminated containers.

Are stakeholders expected to pay for the surveillance strategy?

No, developing the strategy is a MAF funded project reflecting MAF Biosecurity New Zealand's over-arching leadership role. However, other stakeholders are expected to directly contribute 'in kind' by shaping the direction and content of the strategy through participation in meetings, workshops and by providing written submissions. Looking further ahead, in future it is envisaged that people and organisations with a role or interest in biosecurity surveillance will begin or continue to contribute directly to surveillance activities, and in some cases these contributions may increase.

Why do I have to connect through ECN?

ECN also provides a 'link' between industry and the New Zealand Customs Service. They have the experience, relationships and support systems to provide a centralised server and manage the required changes to industry applications, through an agreement with MPI.

Can I use glueboards to catch insects?

Yes. Glueboards may continue to be used to control insects. However, placing a glueboard in such a way as to deliberately target a rodent is an offence punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

Please note this information is provided by way of general guidance only and does not constitute legal advice. Parties are advised to seek independent legal advice in relation to particular fact situations.

Do my dogs/cats need separate import permits?

All of your dogs and/or cats travelling together and going to the same transitional (quarantine) facility can share one permit.

Who do I contact for further information about importing wood packaging?

You can contact the National Programme Manager

How long does the varroa mite survive away from bees?

Up to five and a half days, but usually much less.