Samurai to slay stink bug
Your views are now being sought on an application to introduce the Samurai wasp into New Zealand.
The applicant – the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council – includes groups representing the avocado, apple and pear, tomato, vegetable, and wine industries.
They have applied to us to release an organism new to New Zealand – the Samurai wasp – to combat any Brown marmorated stink bug invasion. We are seeking public submissions on this application.
The Council says the stink bug poses one of the highest risk biosecurity threats to New Zealand, and is often detected at the border. If the stink bug successfully breaches our biosecurity system and establishes, it will be very hard to eradicate, the Council says.
You have until 5pm on 24 May 2018 to have your say.