New Zealand Winegrowers are concerned a brown stink bug that has caused multi-million-dollar damages to crops overseas, particularly in the US and Italy, could one day breach border control. In the last couple of years, the bug has been intercepted nearly 60 times at the borders. As NZ imports a lot of winery machinery from Italy, that is how the bug is most likely to enter the country, posing a significant threat to our wine regions.
New Zealand has always been relatively free from pests and diseases, but things are changing due to a growing number of imports and international visitors. In 2016, the government has spent $233 million to prevent biosecurity threats; in the meantime, NZ Winegrowers have also announced they will take extra precautions.