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Surveillance Start Up Workshop

In the lead up to the start of another busy Biosecurity Surveillance Season, SPS Biota held a two-day workshop for staff who will be involved in various pheromone insect trapping programmes over the summer. Operational and administrative elements of the programmes were covered including trap and host selection, sampling, and...

Chatham Islands - Longer and Stronger Project

  Biosecurity and the Chatham Islands The Chatham Islands ecosystems and primary sector are unique being free of many of the invasive pests and diseases established in other parts of New Zealand. SPS Biota assist the Chatham Islands Council and Environment Canterbury with Chatham Islands border biosecurity programme (operating under the...

Biosecurity Business Pledge

The Biosecurity Business Pledge is a partnership which aims to help all businesses across New Zealand to be proactive in their biosecurity practices. The pledge has been developed by business and provides a structure for managing biosecurity; including the effect that unwanted pests and diseases might have on business or...

New Brown Marmorated Stink Bug online learning

With the opening of a new Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season, brush up your knowledge on these pests and what to do if you find one with our new eLearning course. Available now and free to enrol! Click here to go to the course.

Information on Sea Container Hubbing

A transitional facility that hubs (holds) sea containers before they are sent to the nominated TF for unpacking/devanning must be authorised to do so. Biosecurity New Zealand are taking applications now, and these close on the 30th of September. When applying for approval, the following needs to be sent to...

Sea Cargo Roadshow

Before Lockdown, SPS Biota was invited to attend the Biosecurity New Zealand Sea Cargo Roadshow by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).     This was an opportunity to hear from Border Clearance Services Leaders and specialists from MPI and to ask questions regarding topics spoken about, including; The new verification and...

An Update on SPS Biota at Level 4 - COVID-19

Training Our classroom Accredited Person and TF-Operator Trainings are cancelled at Level 4. Our Training team will be in contact regarding rescheduling. We do offer Online Training for both courses. If you would like to transfer your classroom booking to online, please contact training@spsbiota.co.nz. Multi-Site Transitional Facilities Our MTF work...

100% Sea Container Reporting

On the 1st of July, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) made the change to 100% reporting of Sea Containers into the Container Checks Portal. Previously only containers in which contamination was found were required to be input into the Container Checks Portal. Now data from every Sea Container which is...

Women Cocoa Growers in Eastern Samar

Women represent 40 % out of 1000 cocoa growers being supported through Eastern Samar Cacao Livelihood Programme in the Philippines led by SPS Biota and funded by NZ Aid Programme. This video was prepared by our in-country partner People in Need, a Czech Republic based NGO.  SPS Biota invites you...