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  1. Biosecurity interceptions at the border - 13 July 2011

    Traveller risk profiling and detector dogs have proved their worth in helping protect New Zealand’s biosecurity, with the interception of fruit flies and bats with incoming passengers and mail.

  2. Working together in Fiordland to oust Undaria - 8 July 2011

    Biosecurity managers are making it clear that one visitor is very unwelcome in Fiordland.

  3. Check, Clean and Dry slows pest - 6 July 2011

    A novel marketing approach has helped to engage people in a campaign to slow down the spread of a major waterway pest.

  4. MAF marks Biosecurity Month of July - 4 July 2011

    From an emperor penguin on Peka Peka beach to the kiwifruit vine disease Psa and the alga didymo which congests waterways, it’s always possible that a new plant, animal or microbe will arrive in New Zealand.

  5. 1 November Mandatory Cattle Tagging Deferred - 26 May 2011

    NAIT Limited and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today announced mandatory implementation of the national animal identification and tracing (NAIT) scheme will be deferred to next year.

  6. Snakes don't belong in New Zealand - 7 September 2011

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is welcoming the successful prosecution of a Feilding man for acquiring a snake.

  7. Government-level agreements pave way for imports from China - 18 July 2011

    Agreements on biosecurity standards are enabling traders to take advantage of New Zealand’s free-trade agreement with China, while at the same time keeping biosecurity risk offshore.

  8. MAF to defend Import Health Standards for pork imports - 25 May 2011

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) will be defending in court its decision to allow the importation of fresh uncooked pork from Canada, the EU, Mexico and the USA.

  9. Pork Import Health Standards effectively manage risk - 13 April 2011

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today issued updates to four Import Heath Standards for pig meat, pig meat products and by-products from Canada, the EU, Mexico and the USA.

  10. Scientist sentenced for lying to biosecurity inspector - 10 August 2010

    The justice system has today sent a clear signal to an Auckland scientist that flouting biosecurity rules won’t be tolerated.

  11. Horticulturists sentenced for the illegal importation of insects - 29 July 2010

    Two horticulturists, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges related to the illegal importation of the predatory mirid bug, Macrolophus pygmaeus, appeared in the Auckland District Court today for sentencing.

  12. Independent Review Panel report on Provisional Import Health Standards for Pig Meat - 28 April 2010

    MAF received the report of the Independent Review Panel on Provisional Import Health Standards for Pig Meat on the 31st of March 2010.

  13. MAF grants independent review of provisional Import Health Standard for pork - 7 August 2009

    The Director-General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), Murray Sherwin, has agreed to the New Zealand Pork Industry Board’s request for an independent review of the provisional Import Health Standards for Pig Meat and Pig Meat Products issued by MAF Biosecuirty New Zealand (MAFBNZ) in April 2009.

  14. Provisional import health standards for pig meat and pig meat products released - 7 April 2009

    MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) today issued provisional Import Heath Standards (IHSs) for pig meat, pig meat products and by-products from Canada, the EU, Mexico and the USA.

  15. Parrot eggs seized at airport - 9 November 2007

    A 21-year-old South African national, Pillipus Fourie, was convicted in Manukau District Court today for attempting to illegally smuggle parrot eggs into New Zealand.

  16. MAF Biosecurity New Zealand holds meeting to discuss methyl bromide alternatives - 28 February 2008

    Twenty eight possible alternatives to the ozone depleting gas methyl bromide came under scrutiny yesterday as over 90 government and industry representatives met in Wellington to review the alternatives to methyl bromide use at our borders.

  17. Disease claims in Palm Kernel extract without foundation - 26 May 2005

    Claims that palm kernel extract imports are a risk for the importation of exotic diseases such as foot and mouth disease and avian influenza are completely unfounded, Biosecurity New Zealand says.

  18. Court upholds decision to issue pork import health standards - 4 May 2012

    The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today welcomed a judgement by the High Court validating the decision-making process MPI followed when developing import requirements for pork from countries where the disease Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is present.

  19. Bay of Plenty man prosecuted for importing fish eggs - 17 October 2011

    The secretary of the New Zealand Killifish Association has been fined $6000 plus $132 court costs for importing fish eggs from Sweden and Denmark.

  20. Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Japan - 21 April 2010

    On Tuesday 20th of April 2010 the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in Miyazaki, western Japan.

  21. Illegal chicken egg importer fined - 16 July 2009

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is pleased with the conviction handed down today in the Lower Hutt District Court to a Wellington man for the illegal importation of chicken eggs.

  22. MAF considers bee imports report - 6 July 2009

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has received and is giving careful consideration to an independent panel report on the requirements governing future imports of bee products from Australia.

  23. Horse imports from Australia resume - 17 April 2008

    MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) has today issued an Import Health Standard for horses from Australia, lifting the suspension on imports that has been in place since August last year.

  24. Karaka horses given the 'all clear' - 7 April 2008

    A second round of testing has confirmed that ten horses in the Karaka quarantine facility are free from equine influenza.

  25. Conflicting results thought to be linked to laboratory - 4 April 2008

    MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) announced this afternoon that it is retesting samples taken from horses imported directly from the United States to the Karaka quarantine facility due to conflicting test results.

  26. Appeal Court decision to uphold an appeal by New Zealand beekeepers regarding an IHS covering honey from Australia - 4 December 2007

    MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) is assessing today's Appeal Court decision regarding the above.

  27. MAF uncovers importation of prohibited raw pork from Korea - 20 April 2006

    An investigation by the MAF Quarantine Service has uncovered the prohibited importation of raw minced pork cutlets from Korea, Biosecurity New Zealand announced today. Korean Pork Product

  28. Parrot to have cracker Kiwi experience - 22 November 2005

    A Grey African parrot will be allowed to enjoy its kiwi experience and remain on board its vessel for the duration of its stay, Biosecurity New Zealand announced today.

  29. MAF acts on honey report - 15 September 2009

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) has considered the findings of an independent panel report on the requirements governing proposed future imports of bee products from Australia.

  30. Australian honey imports temporarily suspended - 18 December 2006

    As a result of a decision today by the High Court, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand has temporarily suspended imports of honey from Australia. The Court injunction was sought by the National Beekeepers’ Association of New Zealand which is challenging Biosecurity New Zealand’s recently introduced import health standard allowing honey and related bee products to be imported from Australia.