Happy Christmas and New Year-

Happy Christmas and New Year
2017 is all but done and what a busy year it's been. The NZPPI office will be closed from midday Friday 22 December and reopen Monday 8 January. If you need help ... more

Myrtle Rust continues to be found-

Myrtle Rust continues to be found
The Myrtle rust situation is changing rapidly with more finds in Wellington, Auckland and Bay of Plenty. ... more

Greenhouse thrips-

Greenhouse thrips
Poinsettia thrips have been found in an Auckland greenhouse; please look out for them on house plants and greenhouse produced crops ... more

UNWANTED - BMSB-

UNWANTED - BMSB
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is a major threat to the New Zealand economy and the public. It's high on horticulture's most unwanted list ... more

Myrtle Rust Alert!

Myrtle rust was first detected in Northland, Taranaki, south Waikato, Te Puke, and has now been found in Auckland and Wellington.

It is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the myrtle family, which includes pohutukawa and manuka.

Myrtle rust is readily spread by wind and can be transported on clothing, vehicles and equipment.

Plant producers and our industry partners have an essential part to play in being on the lookout for symptoms and early reporting to MPI.

MPI puts "Feijoas in the clear"

MPI’s 12/9/17 myrtle rust Stakeholder Update noted

Feijoas in the clear

"Since myrtle rust was found in New Zealand earlier this year, there has not been a single feijoa plant found with the infection. MPI has taken samples from feijoa plants in nurseries and home gardens where other plants are infected with the disease and the feijoa plants were clear.

This information, combined with Australian data showing feijoas appear to be resistant, has led to us concluding that feijoas present a low risk of spreading myrtle rust to other uninfected myrtle plants.

For this reason, there are no restrictions on the movement of feijoa plants within or out of the current Controlled Area in Taranaki. The Controlled Area Notice has been amended and a revised version is here."

NZPPI Guidance

15/12/17 - New Myrtle rust finds continue in Auckland, (Eastern suburbs) Lower Hutt, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

Industry members have an important role to play in early detection of new rust infections and in helping limit its spread. Plant producers, nurseries and retailers are urged to continue surveillance, crop inspections and the use of NZPPI myrtle rust management protocols.

NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols

The NZPPI Myrtle Rust Risk Management Protocols have been developed for use by plant producers, production nurseries and garden retailers.

They provide a framework of supply chain biosecurity protocols for industry members to ensure the risk of our businesses becoming infected or distributing myrtle rust is managed to the best of our ability.

By following the NZPPI protocols industry members will be meeting the requirements set out in MPI’s legal direction, and NZPPI has worked with MPI to confirm this.

They comprise:

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Myrtle Rust Links


Myrtle rust on pohutukawa in Kerikeri


Myrtle rust on Lophomyrtus in Waitara

If you think you have seen this fungus call MPI’s Exotic Pests and Diseases hotline - 0800 80 99 66.
Take a photo - do not attempt to touch or collect samples as this may increase the spread of this disease.

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It grew from work to identify a model for a producer-led industry body to advance an agenda for a broader and more inclusive community of plant producers and their industry partners.

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Some of what's been &/or is on our task lists ...
Targeted review of Qualifications (TROQ) ... FMS 2017 audits ... GM petunia ... Myrtle rust ... PEQ facility standard ... Poinsettia thrips ... PMAC (plant exports) ... Go Gardening spring edition ... Retail Special Interest Group ... Fruit Tree Imports & Offshore accredititon ... Member get member recruitment ... Long term budget forecasts ... Xylella & Ornamental Imports ... GERMAC (plant imports) ... Pelleted seed imports ... MBIE & PVR Law Reform ... New trolleys for spring ... BMSB ... Trolley Special Interest Group ... PEQ Facility Standard ... Science and Innovation Strategy Development ... PVR Techncial Focus Group ... latest newsletter

Shanna wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017!-

Shanna wins Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017!
Shanna Hickling, our 2017 Young Achiever has taken the top award in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition, being only the third women to do so. ... more

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Member Guidance - Spray Incident Response
In September we sent members on guidance on how to respond to a suspected spray dift incident ... more

Membership Campaign-

Membership Campaign
A strong theme among conference 2017 delegates was a desire to help grow NZPPI's producer membership, and action is underway to narness exuisting member's enthusiams ... more

NZPPI Strategic Direction 2017-2020-

NZPPI Strategic Direction 2017-2020
A key Board focus in 2017 has been NZPPI's Strategy - setting the new direction for NZPPI and leading change needed to implement this and make the new model work ... more

NZPPI Member Workplace Health and Safety Guide-

NZPPI Member Workplace Health and Safety Guide
NZPPI's guidance to assist members develop or refine their Workplace Health and Safety policies and procedures now available ... more

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Science Strategy Update
Strategy developmet's well underway with the Steering group having met and Bill Dyck now working on a consultation draft ... more

Pelleted Seed Import Health Standard review-

Pelleted Seed Import Health Standard review
The rules for importing pelleted seeds are under review and NZPPI is working on this with MPI ... more

PEQ Facility Standard Update-

PEQ Facility Standard Update
New requirements for operating manual has slowed facility accreditations and recent discussions with MPI have identified a path forward ... more

GM petunias-

GM petunias
We've been working with MPI in a recall of several genetically modified (GM) petunias, and identifying others that may be in New Zealand ... more

NZPPI's Prospectus 2017-

NZPPI's Prospectus 2017
Our foundation document that sets out what NZPPI and the plant producer community are all about! ... more

GERMAC Update - Aug '17-

GERMAC Update - Aug '17
The main agenda items for March's GERMAC meeting were the PEQ standard L3 capacity and MPI staffing ... more

NZPPI highly commended at Biosecurity Awards-

NZPPI highly commended at Biosecurity Awards
NZPPI was a recipient of the Highly Commended award in the Industry category at the recent inaugural Biosecurity Awards 2017. ... more

Biosecurity Warning for Pea Weevil-

Biosecurity Warning for Pea Weevil
A ban is now in place on growing peas in the Wairarapa region, applying to both home gardens and commercial cropping ... more

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NZPPI Member Cyber Security Checklist
NZPPI's checklist to assist members refine their cyber-security readiness now available ... more

Appointment of NZPPI CEO-

Appointment of NZPPI CEO
New Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Dolan, will start on October 24 2017, based in our Wellington office. ... more

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