Invasive wasps costing NZ economy, environment

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MIL OSI – Source: China State Council Information Office – Invasive wasps costing NZ economy, environment

Paper_wasps_and_nestInvasive wasps from overseas are costing the New Zealand economy more than 130 million NZ dollars (97.24 million U.S. dollars) a year, according to a government report released on Thursday.

Wasps were one of the most damaging invertebrate pests in New Zealand, harming native birds and insects and competing for food with native species, said the study commissioned by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The study has found that wasps also have a major financial impact on primary industries and the health sector.

Wasps disrupting bee pollination activities, reducing the amount of clover in pastures and increasing fertilizer costs, added more than 60 million NZ dollars (44.88 million U.S. dollars) a year in cost to pastoral farming.

 

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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