Samurai to slay stink bug

Decision Date: 22 August 2018

The samurai wasp, an organism new to New Zealand, can now be used to fight any invasion by the brown marmorated stink bug.

The Brown Marmorated stink bug poses one of the highest risk biosecurity threats to New Zealand, according to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council, who made an application to introduce Samurai wasp to combat it.

The EPA called for public submissions on the application, and held a public hearing before a decision-making committee in Wellington on 11 and 12 July 2018. 

The decision was notified on 22 August 2018.

You can read the presentations made to the Decision-making Committee by the applicant, submitters, and us, and all documents relating to the application in our database.  

Application documents.