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Black Grass Seed Spilled in Canterbury

Grass seed spilled from a truck travelling between Ashburton and Methven has been found to include black grass or meadow foxtail. This grass is resistant to many herbicides and should it become established would pose a real threat as it competes for nutrients, light, water and space, out-competing crops and reducing yields.

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Men Accused of Smuggling Scorpions into NZ

Four men will appear in court for allegedly smuggling scorpions into the country, following an investigation by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The group are charged with various breaches to the Biosecurity Act 1993 after six Black Rock Scorpions (Urodacus manicatus) were allegedly smuggled from Australia through Christchurch International Airport and then into Queenstown.

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Exotic threat found near Lake Taupo

The discovery of a red-eared slider turtle in Lake Taupo has prompted a warning for pet owners not to release the species into the wild.

The popular aquarium pet was captured by Waikato Regional Council biosecurity staff after it was seen sunning itself on a rock at Rainbow Point.

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Pestbusters Put the Train into Training

14-Aug-13

by Chris Macann

A train full of biosecurity professionals has seen at first-hand the beauty of the Selwyn district as well as some of the challenges involved in keeping the area’s weeds and pests down.

More than 200 scientists, practitioners and policy-makers involved in biosecurity took part in the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute’s annual training get together, which was held onboard the TranzAlpine train and at Shantytown near Greymouth on the weekend.Co-organiser Hugh Gourlay said as the train travelled from Christchurch to Greymouth, the attendees discussed and saw first-hand some of the biosecurity issues which confront Canterbury and the West Coast.

“Just as importantly they got to see why this part of the country is worth protecting from invasive plants and animals,” he said.

“Among the issues noticeable on the Selwyn side of the Alps were the spread of wilding pines in the Craigieburn Basin as well as the infestation of broom in the Springfield area, both of which, members of the Institute are tackling on many fronts.”

Mr Gourlay said the visitors were also interested to see the change of land use from pastoral to dairying and how that might bring a change in weed behaviour in the future.

Woody

Weedbusters Lincoln resident Kevin Gallagher points out a few landmarks to
Alice McNatty from Hawkes Bay, while Woody Weed, the mascot of nationwide
weed-busting group Weedbusters, looks on.

 
 

Peter Nelson Award Winner

A wide range of pest control work with thousands of people over more than a decade has netted the Northland Regional Council a sought-after national biosecurity award - and the admiration of its peers.

Don McKenzie, the council’s Biosecurity Senior Programme Manager, says the council was delighted to receive the Peter Nelson Memorial Trophy from the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute recently.

The institute said the award had gone to the council for its "significant efforts and outstanding success in engaging the wider community in a range of pest control initiatives" throughout Northland.

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