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Visitors educated about stink bugs

A new in-flight biosecurity video will remind international visitors about the importance of protecting New Zealand from stink bugs and other unwanted pests. 
Posted on 30 May, 2019
Visitors educated about stink bugs

Biosecurity New Zealand has launched a video that will serve to remind international visitors about the importance of protecting New Zealand from the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) and other unwanted pests.

Head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Roger Smith, says all visitors to the country and Kiwis returning home can help protect New Zealand from harmful pests and diseases.

“The new in-flight video provides a clear message about what everyone’s responsibilities are when arriving here. The simple lesson is if you're unsure about an item you’ve got – declare it."

“Things like the Queensland fruit fly and brown marmorated stink bug have the potential to cause significant damage to our primary sector, our environment, and to our unique way of life.”

There are two versions of the video – one in English and one for Chinese airlines in Mandarin.

The videos feature Auckland-based quarantine officers Fin and Kenneth who can usually be found on the ground at Auckland International Airport.

Detector dog, Darwin the beagle, has a starring role in the video. Darwin and handler Mikkiie work on the front-line sniffing out items that aren't allowed here.

Smith says he is pleased the majority of airlines that fly into the country have agreed to play the video.

“United Airlines was the first airline to start playing it, and others with the capability to show videos on board quickly followed.”

The video is part of a wider Biosecurity New Zealand programme focused on protecting Aotearoa. The video supports the biosecurity movement 'Ko Tātou This Is Us'.

The new in-flight biosecurity video is translated into 12 different languages, including Hindi, Malay, Arabic, Korean and French. It has also been translated into Bilsama, a national language in Vanuatu spoken by many seasonal workers.