News related to National Pest Programmes
- Consultation open on national pest management plan - 21 June 2010
The Minister for Biosecurity has approved the release the Pest Management Proposed National Plan of Action 2010 – 2035 for public consultation.
- No gypsy moths or fruit flies found in surveillance traps - 20 July 2011
When it comes to surveillance for fruit flies and gypsy moths, no news is good 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.
- 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.
- Caged grass carp promising for waterweed control - 8 August 2012
A Ministry for Primary Industries-funded trial has shown that grass carp (a weed eating fish) in enclosures could be used to eradicate early infestations of aquatic weeds, doing away with the need to release large numbers of fish throughout a lake, and preventing damage to other plant species in the water.
- Thirteen additional plants make list of banned species - 26 July 2012
Under an agreement between government agencies, regional councils and the nursery industry, thirteen plants have been confirmed as pests and added to a list of species that are illegal to propagate, distribute or sell.
- Coatesville termite colony destroyed - 3 July 2012
An incursion of Australian subterranean termites has been successfully eradicated from a site in Coatesville, Auckland.
- Sharing banned pest plants illegal - 17 May 2012
Pond owners are being asked not to propagate or share the banned aquatic pest plants Salvinia and Water hyacinth.
- No fruit fly outbreak detected to date as round-the-clock actions continue - 13 May 2012
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) reports this afternoon that testing on samples from fruit fly traps in the Auckland Controlled Area has so far shown no sign of further fruit flies.
- Controls placed on moving fruit and veges to avoid fruit fly spread - 11 May 2012
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed controls on the movement of whole fresh fruit and vegetables within a specified 1.5 kilometre radius around Wolverton Road in Avondale following a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in the area.
- Fruit fly find under investigation - 10 May 2012
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill.
- Public asked to report pest butterfly - 9 March 2012
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is calling on Nelson and Marlborough residents to help them locate any further infestations of an invasive butterfly discovered in central Nelson in May 2010.
- Areas designated for Undaria farming - 19 January 2012
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is announcing three small geographical areas where farming of Undaria (Undaria pinnatifida) will be allowed, creating a new commercial opportunity.
- MAF acts to control two pest plants found in West Auckland wetland - 23 December 2011
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is taking immediate action to eradicate two aggressive aquatic pest plants found in a West Auckland wetland this week.
- Spreading the word, not the disease - 24 November 2011
The fight to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease has been strengthened with a new website and the appointment of a dedicated Relationship Manager for the Kauri Dieback Programme.
- Second find of bacterial fish disease - 17 October 2011
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today confirms that a single, juvenile trout from the Taieri River in Otago has tested positive for the same bacterial disease that is causing illness and death in kanakana (lamprey) in Southland.
- Disease affecting Southland kanakana/lamprey - 7 October 2011
Kanakana, or lamprey, in the Mataura River have become affected by a bacterial disease.
- Action needed to protect kauri forests - 30 September 2011
Recent survey work has confirmed the importance of removing soil from footwear and equipment before and after entering areas with kauri trees.
- Fruit fly intercepted at border - 21 May 2010
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has successfully intercepted live cucumber fruit fly eggs (Bactrocera cucumis) on a consignment of produce from Australia this week.
- Hadda beetle established in Auckland - 25 March 2010
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) announced today that eradication of the Hadda beetle would not be feasible. Investigations have found the beetle is widespread across central Auckland and the maturity of the beetles indicates that it may have been in New Zealand since 2006.
- New facility opens at the National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease - Wallaceville - 2 March 2010
New Zealand's ability to manage a major disease outbreak was strengthened today with the opening of a new multipurpose facility at the National Centre for Biosecurity and Infectious Disease (NCBID) at Wallaceville, Upper Hutt.
- Hadda Beetle find in Auckland - 1 February 2010
MAF Biosecurity New Zealand has identified the presence of Hadda beetles in Dove -Myer Robinson Park, along Tamaki Drive and the Auckland Domain in Auckland.
- Joint response to tackle kauri dieback - 26 November 2008
Kauri dieback (Phytophthora taxon Agathis or PTA), the newly-identified disease attacking kauri trees, is being addressed by six agencies working together as one response team.