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Weasels hitch a ride - 31 October 2014

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is applauding a sharp-eyed worker who recently spotted some hitchhiking baby weasels at a quarantine facility in Hamilton.

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New code of welfare for rodeos released - 30 October 2014
New standards to strengthen the animal welfare requirements for rodeos have been issued today by the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy. read more ...


Email Scam - email supposedly sent from MPI - 29 October 2014
Please be advised that a scam email containing a potentially malicious hyperlink, has been sent from a seemingly legitimate MPI address. read more ...


Fines for Whangamata pipi gatherers - 29 October 2014
Three pipi gatherers were jointly fined more than $2500 for taking 1000 pipi from the Whangamata Estuary in Thames District Court last week. read more ...


Fishery patrols full on at Labour Weekend - 29 October 2014
Ministry for Primary Industry officers inspected the catch of over 450 recreational fishers in the Firth of Thames, Coromandel Peninsula and Bay of Plenty over Labour Weekend, discovering a range of infringements. read more ...


MPI nabs divers with 867 paua - 22 October 2014
Ministry for Primary Industries compliance officers caught three men with 867 paua on the west coast south of Titahi Bay on Monday (20 October 2014). read more ...


Ukranian honey smugglers sent home - 21 October 2014
Border officials sent two Ukrainian air passengers home on Friday after they tried to smuggle honey and bee pollen into New Zealand. read more ...


Expressions of Interest for new PGP panel members - 20 October 2014
On behalf of the Minister for Primary Industries and the Director General Martyn Dunne, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is searching for members of the Primary Growth Partnership Investment Advisory Panel (IAP). read more ...


Awards Success for Precision Seafood Harvesting - 17 October 2014

Congratulations to the Precision Seafood Harvesting Primary Growth Partnership programme that was named as NZ’s Supreme Innovator at the New Zealand Innovators Awards 2014, and also took out the award for Innovation in Sustainability & Clean-tech. 

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Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update 16 October 2014 - 16 October 2014
MPI is continuing to seek to identify the origins of the outbreak, drawing upon the best available expertise and information, both domestically and internationally. read more ...


Right about rock melon - 15 October 2014
Lesson for parents: Listen to your kids a little more, especially when it comes to giant rock melons and New Zealand’s biosecurity rules. read more ...


Yersinia pseudotuberculosis update - 13 October 2014

Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director General Regulation and Assurance Scott Gallacher said today food safety and the health of consumers is MPI’s highest priority. 

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Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update - 10 October 2014
This statement contains the most up-to-date information on the possible source of contamination that has caused people to become ill with Yesinia pseudotuberculosis  read more ...


Two forestry PGP programmes completed - 10 October 2014
Work by two recently completed Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programmes will pave the way for future efforts towards a potential biofuels industry in New Zealand from forestry residues and reduced emissions from the fumigant methyl bromide. read more ...


Yersinia pseudotuberculosis – update - 09 October 2014
There is a total of 124 confirmed cases and 18 presumptive (suspected but yet to confirmed) nationwide. A total of 38 people have been hospitalised. read more ...


NAEAC Annual Report released today - 09 October 2014
The number of animals used in research, testing, and teaching in 2013 was the lowest it’s been since 1997, according to the National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) Annual Report released today. read more ...


MPI investigating stomach complaint - 07 October 2014
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has been notified by Environmental Science and Research of a cluster of human illnesses linked to the bacteria Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. read more ...


Good weather great news for winegrowers - 29 September 2014

Warmer than usual weather in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay this year has resulted in some vineyards seeing record profits. These are the findings of the 2014 Viticulture Monitoring Report, released today by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Winegrowers Association.

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Comparing apples with oranges using new Sustainable Farming Fund tool - 22 September 2014

Māori agribusiness will benefit from a new tool that can be used to compare the potential benefits of different land uses from an economic and social perspective.

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MPI ups yacht biosecurity ante - 17 September 2014
Yachts arriving in Northland from overseas this season will face greater biosecurity scrutiny, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). read more ...


Trawler forfeited, heavy fine for fish dumping - 10 September 2014

The captain of a Korean fishing vessel was fined $120,500 for dumping fish and misreporting his catch in Christchurch District Court last week.

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Important season for black-grass eradication - 10 September 2014
With the second season of black-grass operations about to begin, continued vigilance this spring and summer will be crucial to stop the noxious weed from establishing in Mid-Canterbury, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). read more ...


Spreading the word to save our kauri forests - 09 September 2014

The Kauri Dieback Programme and Bivouac Outdoor have joined up to share the message on preventing the spread of kauri dieback disease with outdoor enthusiasts.

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Mid-flight centipede scare highlights biosecurity risk - 08 September 2014
A mid-flight encounter with a dangerous centipede highlights the need for air passengers to check their bags for creepy crawlies before heading to New Zealand. read more ...


New rules for importing seeds and plant material - 05 September 2014

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has recently changed the biosecurity rules applied to commonly imported seeds and plant material, including capsicum (e.g. chilli, bell peppers) and Cape gooseberry seeds, and plant material of dahlia, chrysanthemum, and petunia.

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Kaikoura commercial fisherman fined - 05 September 2014
A Kaikoura commercial set-netter has been fined under fisheries regulations for leaving his nets too long at sea. read more ...


Email Scam - email purportedly sent from MPI - 27 August 2014
Please be advised that a scam email containing a potentially malicious hyperlink, has been sent from a false MPI address. The email is noted to have been sent from ‘Ministry for Primary Industries’ under the origin email address of marcdavidcox2009@gmail.comread more ...


Survey shows Kiwi’s support for aquaculture - 20 August 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries has today released the results of a survey asking New Zealanders what they think about our aquaculture industry. MPI Acting Director of Aquaculture Growth and Innovation, Alice Marfell-Jones, says the findings are positive. read more ...


Recreational fisher sentenced on record snapper offence - 15 August 2014
An Auckland man was sentenced to 320 hours community work for taking 325 snapper in Papakura District Court today (15 August, 2014). This is the largest recorded breach of the daily recreational snapper limit read more ...


Scallops die in botched seeding attempt - 11 August 2014
A botched attempt at seeding scallops in Tory Channel in the Marlborough Sounds is a reminder why all undersize fish and shellfish people catch must be returned to the sea immediately. read more ...


Remote controlled tree felling trial shows promise - 08 August 2014
A successful trial in remote controlled tree felling could lead to significant advances in the safety of forestry harvesting operations. read more ...


Consultation on manufacturing standards for infant formula - 31 July 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking for feedback on proposed specifications for the manufacturing of infant formula. read more ...


MPI introduces new biosecurity sniffers - 25 July 2014
Two young biosecurity sniffers were introduced to the world today, along with a new type of detector dog and a new home for the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) Auckland-based canine team. read more ...


Email Scam - email seemingly from legitimate MPI address - 15 July 2014
Please be advised that a scam email possibly containing malware, has been sent from a seemingly legitimate MPI address. read more ...


Biosecurity dog Clara starts sniffing career in style - 07 July 2014

A biosecurity dog has started her sniffing career in style – her detection work resulting in a Vietnamese air passenger being denied entry to New Zealand and later sent home.

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Second conviction for ill-treatment of deer - 07 July 2014

A deer farmer has been fined more than $20,000 for a second animal welfare conviction on his Taihape farm in two years.

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MPI Honorary Fishery Officers catch shellfish poachers - 04 July 2014
A huge haul of shellfish collected at an Auckland beach may see two Auckland women facing serious fisheries charges. read more ...


Recreational fisher banned for selling catch - 04 July 2014
A South Auckland man lost his car, was banned from fishing for nine months and fined $4500 for a second conviction for selling his recreational catch. read more ...


MPI cautions on consumption of North American chia seed products - 12 June 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is warning New Zealand consumers that some brands of chia seed products from the United States and Canada may contain Salmonella bacteria. read more ...


New Zealand wine industry PGP programme underway - 12 June 2014

The largest research and development effort ever undertaken by the New Zealand wine industry designed to position New Zealand as number 1 in the world for high quality, lower alcohol and lower calorie wines is underway.

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New programme set to transform hill country farms - 30 May 2014
A new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme focussed on transforming hill country farms is formally underway read more ...


Consultation on the sale of raw milk to consumers - 29 May 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is asking for public feedback on options for the sale of raw milk to consumers. read more ...


50 MPI officers swoop on rock lobster black market - 29 May 2014
Fifty Ministry for Primary Industry (MPI) compliance officers wrapped up an undercover operation today that targeted recreational fishers catching and selling rock lobster (crayfish) in the South Island. read more ...


Passenger to be investigated for carrying plants - 23 May 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating an air passenger it nabbed carrying two concealed plants in her shirt. read more ...


MPI shuts down illegal ready meal maker - 21 May 2014
Compliance officers from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) conducted a search warrant at a Hamilton address on 16 May after a two-month investigation into suspected selling of black-market paua and crayfish prepared meals through Facebook. read more ...


History made with first signing of new GIA biosecurity partnership - 20 May 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the kiwifruit industry have laid the foundations for a new era of biosecurity partnership with the first signing of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed. read more ...


Public support needed to keep water free of banned weeds - 05 May 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and Auckland Council are asking residents to report any fresh sightings of two banned and highly destructive weeds - water hyacinth and salvinia. read more ...


Controls on fruit and vegetable movements lifted - 20 April 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that all restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Whangarei have been lifted as of this morning Sunday 20 April. read more ...


Fruit fly investigation nears end - 17 April 2014
Provided no further Queensland fruit flies are found in Whangarei, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) looks set to announce an end to its response in the area on Easter Sunday morning. read more ...


$2.1 million boost for Māori in the Primary Industries - 14 April 2014
Five projects worth over 2.1 million will add further value to increasing the productivity of Māori primary sector assets. read more ...


Bloody passenger sparks biosecurity alert - 09 April 2014
An air passenger ended up abandoning his blood-soaked clothes after a biosecurity alert at Wellington airport last month. read more ...


Field work ramps up to tackle Queensland fruit fly - 04 April 2014
Some 70 field workers are out in Whangarei today setting additional traps to lure any Queensland fruit flies that may be in the area. read more ...


SPATnz breeding better mussels for New Zealand - 04 April 2014
Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand Ltd (SPATnz) has taken the biggest step yet toward harnessing the full potential of the Greenshell™ mussel, using traditional selective breeding to help ensure every mussel is the cream of the crop. read more ...


Controls restrict fruit and vege movements - 03 April 2014

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed controls on the movement of whole fresh fruit and some vegetables out of a specific area of Whangarei after a single male Queensland fruit fly was found in a surveillance trap.

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Further Queensland fruit fly find under investigation - 03 April 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a new find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in Whangarei. read more ...


Avocados set to “Go Global” with new PGP - 02 April 2014
The Avocado Industry Council announced today it will partner with the Ministry for Primary Industries in a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme called Go Global— a five year programme to increase the productivity and capability within the avocado industry to deliver significant additional returns for New Zealand. read more ...


Snapper One Region Rule Change - 26 March 2014
On 1 April 2014 changes to the rules for snapper in the Snapper 1 Region come into effect. The bag limit is changing to 7 snapper per fisher per day (previously 9), and the size limit is increasing to 30cm (from 27cm). read more ...


Rangihamama dairy farm set to boost Northland’s economy - 20 March 2014

Dairy cows will be led into Northland’s Rangihamama milking sheds for the first time officially this weekend, marking the first tangible example of the Government’s aim to increase regional economic development in Northland.

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Posted skulls pose biosecurity threat - 19 March 2014
A box of South African animal skulls crawling with maggots never made it through the post, thanks to the work of vigilant Auckland biosecurity staff. read more ...


MPI caution - potential Hepatitis A in some fruit - 14 March 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is cautioning New Zealand consumers of a small quantity of fresh fruit sold in late February and early March that there is a relatively low risk that this fruit had been contaminated with Hepatitis A virus. read more ...


International interest in Ahuwhenua finalists - 14 March 2014
Finalists of 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award are achieving a level of rural development that is gaining increasing international interest, as the second of three field days kicks off today. read more ...


Changes to Dairy Cattle Code of Welfare Proposed - 14 March 2014
The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) is seeking public consultation on proposed changes to the Animal Welfare (Dairy Cattle) Code of Welfare 2010. read more ...


MPI swoops on backyard rock lobster sales - 13 March 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries is delighted that a tip-off from the public led to compliance officers moving in on a recreational fisherman offering rock lobster for sale from his home in Blenheim yesterday (10 March). read more ...


MPI files charges against Fonterra - 13 March 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) filed charging documents on Wednesday 12 March in Wellington District Court against Fonterra Limited, following MPI’s compliance inquiries into last year’s Whey Protein Concentrate incident. read more ...


Maori farming excellence recognised - 20 February 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) would like to congratulate the three finalists, and all entrants of the 2014 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming award. read more ...


Commercial fisher failed to declare abandoned fish - 20 February 2014
A Coromandel-based commercial fisher has been fined $6750 for abandoning fish at sea and had to pay a further $4679 by way of relief in order to get back ownership of his boat. read more ...


Fisheries consultation underway - 28 January 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has begun public consultation on new catch limits for rock lobster and scallop stocks, and changes to commercial overfishing penalties for sea cucumber for 1 April 2014. read more ...


Monitoring the potential for antibiotic resistance - 20 December 2013
An MPI report, released today, looks at trends of antibiotic use to enable monitoring of the potential for antibiotic resistance in food-producing animals and companion animals. read more ...


Birds on MPI Christmas wish-list - 20 December 2013
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me – a red-vented bulbul in a kauri tree… (or any tree for that matter)…

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Festive biosecurity find - 18 December 2013

It may be the festive season, but Auckland biosecurity staff were gobsmacked to find a live Christmas tree coming through the x-ray machine at the International Mail Centre in Auckland this week.

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Golden Bay man fined for illegal milling of native timber - 17 December 2013

A Golden Bay bushman who advertised rough sawn rimu timber for sale on the TradeMe website was convicted of having native timber milled without consent in Nelson District Court on 11 December 2013.

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Commmercial operator jailed - 17 December 2013
A commercial operator has been jailed for black-market offending against the Fisheries Act 1996. read more ...


Sentencing in Waikato animal welfare case - 06 December 2013
An experienced farmer has appeared in the Hamilton District Court today for sentencing on three animal welfare charges brought against him by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). read more ...


Expert panel concludes review of information on eel fisheries - 06 December 2013
An independent panel of three international experts has concluded a review of the scientific information used to guide the management of New Zealand’s eel fisheries, particularly longfin eels. read more ...


No sign of black-grass - 03 December 2013

There is no sign of black-grass in mid Canterbury following three rounds of surveillance, says the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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High quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol wines focus of new programme - 27 November 2013
New Zealand aims to be the world’s leading producer of high-quality, lower calorie and lower alcohol 'Lifestyle' wines, thanks to a new world-leading research programme facilitated by a new Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) between the wine industry and the Ministry for Primary Industries. read more ...


New Zealand’s fisheries performing well - 13 November 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has now released its 2013 summaries of the Status of New Zealand’s Fisheries which confirms most New Zealand fisheries are performing well. read more ...


Bird-watching reward hunters encouraged - 10 October 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) encourages Aucklanders and those in the Waikato to keep an eye out for the pest "angry bird", the red-vented bulbul, as there's a $300 reward for sighting information that leads to bird capture. read more ...


First registration of a sustainable agrichemical for the SFF minor crops project - 09 October 2013
A new sustainable agrichemical that controls the leafroller pest on New Zealand’s blueberry crops is the first of many registered products to be released as part of the Government lead Sustainable Farming Fund. read more ...


Two plead guilty to scorpion charges - 07 October 2013
Two people pleaded guilty today in the Queenstown District Court to charges related to the smuggling of six live scorpions into Queenstown. read more ...


MPI undertakes compliance operation in South Auckland - 25 September 2013

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers have carried out a significant operation in South Auckland for offences against the Animal Product Act and the Fisheries Act.

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Post harvest Rot detected on three consignments of New Zealand apples to China - 25 September 2013

Post-harvest rot has been detected on three consignments of apples from New Zealand exported to China.

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Increases for selected fish stocks show success of QMS - 25 September 2013
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has today announced increases to catch limits for a range of New Zealand fisheries, thanks to healthy stock levels. read more ...


MPI initiative to boost industry partnership a success - 26 August 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has welcomed two new secondees from industry to its policy branch, after an initial secondment into the standards branch has proven to be a success. read more ...


MPI completes large compliance operation in Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions - 23 August 2013
Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Compliance Officers have just completed a far-reaching operation in the greater Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions. read more ...


Paua poacher shells out 11 months in prison after second conviction - 22 August 2013
A 30 year-old Richmond man received a prison sentence in the Nelson District Court yesterday for breaches to the Fisheries Act 1996 after being found guilty on charges relating to paua poaching. read more ...


Export certificates revoked after nitrate found in dairy ingredient sent to China - 19 August 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries has revoked export certificates for four consignments of lactoferrin manufactured by Westland Milk Products following the detection of levels of nitrate that exceed the New Zealand standard. read more ...


Fishery officers use Facebook to catch paua poacher - 13 August 2013
A Rotorua man has been sentenced to 200 hours community service after pleading guilty to paua poaching charges. read more ...


Snapper consultation closes in two weeks - 06 August 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is encouraging the public to have their say on the wide range of proposals in the Initial Position Paper on Snapper 1 (SNA 1) before consultation closes at 4pm Friday 23 August. read more ...


Delays to New Zealand meat to China review and action plan released - 01 August 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will develop an MPI China strategy, and invest in more staff and more training to strengthen relationships between MPI and key Chinese regulators, acting Director-General Scott Gallacher said today. read more ...


Fishery Officers praise public in apprehension of group illegally selling oysters - 19 July 2013
Fishery officers have praised the Whangarei community after a tip-off from a member of the public led to the apprehension of a group illegally selling oysters. read more ...


Waikato paua poachers bagged by MPI Fishery Officers - 19 July 2013
Two Ngaruawhaia men were recently sentenced in the Hamilton District Court for taking excess and undersize paua under Section 252(7) of the Fisheries Act 1996, after being caught red handed by a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Fishery Officer in Raglan. read more ...


Consultation underway on fish stocks - 12 July 2013
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is releasing Initial Position Papers for a range of fish stocks including: Bluenose, Kingfish, Snapper, Leatherjacket, Oyster, Sea Perch, Scampi, Hoki, Ling and Orange Roughy. The position papers outline proposed changes to sustainability measures and management controls for the 1 October 2013 fishing year. read more ...


Angry Birds still at large in Auckland - 12 July 2013
A number of aggressive pest birds are on the loose in the wider Auckland area and biosecurity officials are calling for public support to track them down. read more ...


Hefty fine handed down for black market snapper trading - 03 July 2013
An Auckland man was yesterday convicted and sentenced in the Manukau District Court on seven charges relating to section 232(2) of the Fisheries Act 1996. read more ...


UK experience prepares NZ for disease outbreak - 06 June 2013
Enhancing New Zealand’s ability to manage outbreaks of significant animal disease, in particular foot and mouth disease (FMD), is a priority for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). read more ...

 

 

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