Lookout for unwanted travellers this Christmas

08 December 2022

The holidays are upon us and with them come extra biosecurity risks posed by unpacking Christmas goodies and luggage.

Remember, and be sure to remind family and friends, to carefully unpack and check any packages or bags from overseas for hitchhiking pests like the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB). Open parcels in a closed room and if you find anything unusual, catch it, photograph it, and report it.

Kiwifruit growers and other passengers associated with primary sectors travelling over the Christmas and New Year period may find they experience more interventions when returning to New Zealand. This is because they potentially pose a greater biosecurity risk based on the likelihood they may have visited offshore orchards and farms during their travels.

KVH has put together a useful one page poster outlining everything growers can do to help reduce biosecurity risk and what they can expect through border control when returning home.