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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Operational Agreement (OA) 


The BMSB Operational Agreement was signed on 13 July 2017.   View the BMSB OA summary

The BMSB OA establishes the BMSB Council to oversight achievement of the outcomes sought, which are as follows;

  • Maintaining and enhancing on-going public, importer and tourist awareness campaigns
  • Successfully and rapidly detecting BMSB Post border, eradicating any population(s) before BMSB can establish, and reducing the spread and establishment potential of any populations detected
  • Continuing to develop and improve readiness and response plans, including targeted research and development activities that will measurably improve the ability to respond to a BMSB incursion
  • Planning to reduce the impact of a BMSB incursion on production, processing and sales
  • Developing transition plans and funding arrangements for long-term management of BMSB
  • Enhancing the integrity and effectiveness of New Zealand's wider biosecurity system, and enhancing the social license for BMSB activities

Signatories are; 

Apples and Pears New Zealand 

Kiwifruit Vine Health Incorporated

Vegetables New Zealand Incorporated

Tomatoes New Zealand Incorporated

Ministry for Primary Industries

New Zealand Avocado Growers Association

New Zealand Winegrowers Incorporated

Members of the BMSB Council (BMSBC):

  • Alan Pollard, Pipfruit NZ, representing the Pipfruit and Nashi/Asian Pear sectors
  • Ed Massey (Chair), New Zealand Winegrowers, representing the grape grower and wine production sectors
  • Marie Dawkins, Summerfruit NZ representing Summerfruit sector consisting of apricot, cherry, nectarine, peach plum grower
  • David Williams and others representing MPI
  • David Hadfield, Process Vegetables NZ, representing a variety of process vegetable crops
  • Helen Barnes, Horticulture NZ  Ltd, representing Tomatoes New Zealand
  • Matt Dolan, NZ Plant Producers Incorporated, representing a variety of nursey grown crops and species
  • Stu Hutchings, Kiwifruit Vine Health representing the kiwifruit and kiwiberries sectors
  • Richard Palmer, Horticulture NZ, representing a variety of horticulture sector groups
  • Nick Pyke, Foundation for Arable Research, representing various arable crops
  • Steve Rich, and others representing the GIA Secretariat
  • John Seymour, Vegetables NZ, representing the commercial fresh vegetable growers sector
  • Brad Siebert, New Zealand Avocado Growers’ Association Inc. representing the fresh avocado grower sector. 


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