Mid Dome Seeks EoI for Wilding Tree Eradication

The Mid Dome Wilding Tree Charitable Trust (“The Trust”) is seeking Expressions of Interests to undertake the management of its Wilding Trees eradication programme from July 2015 until June 2018.
The Mid Dome project area surrounds the Cupola and Mid Dome ranges, encompassing an area of 68,602ha approximately mid-way between Invercargill and Queenstown.
It features extensive alpine tussock, interspersed with fellfields, pastoral farmland and remnant beech forest, and has moderate ecological importance, high scenic value, and high importance for pastoral farming.
This procurement process is being co-ordinated by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) Procurement Group, who is working on behalf of The Trust.
Further information is available in the Expression of Interest Document.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Sabrina Baker at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and request a copy of the official documentation. This EOI is also available via the Government Electronic Tendering system (“Gets”).
Any questions should also be directed to Sabrina Baker.
NB. Proposals must be submitted by November 10th 2014.


Waikato RC John Simmons Wins Peter Nelson

Waikato Regional Council's biosecurity group manager John Simmons found it a nice touch that the trophy for his national pest animal management award was a replica of a kokako.

One of the most satisfying highlights of his work over the years, he says, has been involvement in increasing the population of the endangered forest bird in the King Country from "a few pairs" in the late 1980s to "hundreds" today.

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NETS2014 Registration Open

Registration for NETS2014, 'Like No Other!' is now open. This year NETS will be held 30th July  to 1st August at the Devon Hotel in New Plymouth.

Join us in Taranaki for NETS2014 and have a conference experience ‘Like No Other!’  We have a great three days lined up for you, with a wide range of speakers, fieldtrips that showcase biosecurity efforts in Taranaki, and social events to build biosecurity networks.  Get in quick and register online – early bird discounts apply until 10 June 2014.

You can download and read the Registration Brochure here.

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NETS2014 Registration Opening Soon

NETS2014 registration will be opening soon.

This year's National Education and Training Seminar will be held in New Plymouth in the mighty Taranaki from 30 July to 1 August 2014.

The theme of this year's conference is "Like No Other!" The registration form and programme will be loaded on this website soon and all members will be notified. Don't forget to tell your friends, NETS is a great place to network and learn of developments in the field of biosecurity. Non-members get free 1 year trail membership to the NZBI.

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Landcare Research to Investigate Biological Control of Wasps

Landcare Research has been granted $430,000 over three years to investigate ways to use a mite to control wasp populations threatening local wildlife.

While working with wasp nests collected from the countryside in the lab, PhD student Bob Brown spotted the mites, which attach by their mouths to the wasps. The mites stuck to places that were hard for the host insects to groom.

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