MPI News

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 ...


Auckland fishing company convicted for fisheries offending - 10 February 2014
An Auckland-based commercial fishing company and its Nelson based skipper were sentenced on Friday 7 February in the Wellington District Court for making false statements on fishing returns for the 2009/10 commercial fishing season and bottom trawling in a protected area. read more ...


Controls on fruit and vegetable movements lifted - 08 February 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 yesterday evening,  Friday 7 February. read more ...


New rules to help minimise risk of livestock injury - 31 January 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is introducing new rules which will reduce animal welfare risks in the nation’s livestock – particularly in the dairy sector. 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 ...


Initial trapping survey results in - 26 January 2014
The first trapping results for Queensland Fruit Fly in Whangarei have shown no suspect flies detected in all 83 traps in Zone A and in all 90 lure traps from outside the controlled zones. read more ...


Good progress in fruit fly operation - 25 January 2014
Field work continues in Whangarei to check whether this week’s detection of a single fruit fly is a solitary insect or whether there is a wider population in the area. read more ...


Fruit fly find under investigation in Northland - 23 January 2014
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap in Whangarei. read more ...


Controls on moving fruit and veges to avoid fruit fly spread - 23 January 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 following a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in a surveillance trap. 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)…

Well at least that’s what the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) would like for Christmas or the New Year. read more ...


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 ...


Ministry For Primary Industries Working To Clear Meat To China - 23 May 2013
New export certificates are being issued to release containers of meat products held up at the Chinese border, the Ministry for Primary Industries said today. read more ...

 

 

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