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.

Register online here.


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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A Second Queensland Fruit Fly Found in Whangarei

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a new find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in Whangarei.

The fly was collected from an MPI routine surveillance trap on Tuesday and formally identified late yesterday.

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