Brown Dog Ticks Found on Canterbury Dogs

A foreign blood-sucking pest has been found on two dogs in Canterbury.The dogs had a small number of brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) and have been treated and quarantined at home.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) response principal adviser Andre van Halderen said the ministry was unsure how the dogs got the ticks as they were born in New Zealand, had never left the country and apparently had not come into contact with imported animals.

The ministry was taking "swift action" to find out how the dogs could have picked up the ticks and whether there was a wider population in the area.

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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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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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