Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Busy summer for frontline biosecurity officers

Busy summer for frontline biosecurity officers

New Zealand’s border biosecurity defenders have just been through their busiest summer on record, says the Ministry for Primary Industries.

MPI biosecurity officers screened some 2 million passenger arrivals for risk goods between December and February, a five percent increase on last summer.
“It was a hectic few months, but we came into the season well prepared for the rush, including employing more than 70 new officers during the year,” says MPI Border Clearance Director Steve Gilbert.

“Officers handed out nearly 4000 infringements to passengers with undeclared goods that could harbour disease pests or diseases. Most of these were for undeclared fresh produce, which can carry destructive fruit fly species.”

“We made 10 fruit fly interceptions during the summer. This proves the worth of our biosecurity defences, given the damage these insects can do to New Zealand horticulture.”

He says MPI officers also made record seizures of brown marmorated stink bug with more than 180 interceptions and more than 2000 individual bugs detected.
MPI has increased its scrutiny of cargo arriving from countries where the pest is established, with the number of consignments targeted for inspection increasing more than 100 percent.

“There has been a huge spike in stink bug detections on imported vehicles and machinery from Japan that has so far resulted in four carriers being turned away from New Zealand this season,” says Mr Gilbert.

The numbers (December to February)
• 2 million air passenger arrivals – 5% increase
• 4930 undeclared seizures ¬– 5% increase
• 3111 seizures of undeclared fresh produce
• 3983 infringements issued – 12% increase
• 10 fruit fly interceptions
• 1821 cargo consignments targeted for brown marmorated stink bug inspection – 103% increase.
• 187 brown marmorated stink bug interceptions – 80% increase
• 102 international yacht arrivals (26 detected with undeclared seizures)
• 4 bulk carriers directed to leave New Zealand waters


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Land Report: Issues With Soil Degradation

An environmental report released today has found we are damaging and losing our soils and our native plants and animals. More>>


Water Quality Report: Cause For Optimism

National River Water Quality Trends released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) this week, reveal that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites were improving than deteriorating. More>>


IMF Report On NZ: Positive Economic Outlook

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has welcomed the IMF’s Concluding Statement, released following its annual visit, which provides an independent assessment of the strength of the New Zealand economy. More>>


Retail Power Price: Review Panel Named

The Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has released the details of who will sit on an expert advisory panel which is tasked with leading a review into the price of electricity in New Zealand. More>>


Increasingly Disruptive Threats: Govt Cyber Security Refresh

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran today announced a comprehensive refresh of New Zealand’s approach to cyber security. More>>


Regional Growth: Action Plan To Modernise Taranaki’s Economy

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest up to $20 million to help future-proof the Taranaki region by diversifying its economy, creating additional jobs and leveraging off the strong base the region has established through its oil, gas and agricultural ... More>>


Winding Down Irrigation: Funding Ends For Crown Irrigation Investment

The Government has begun winding down public funding for large-scale irrigation through Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL), in line with the Coalition Agreement and the Confidence & Supply Agreement. More>>