Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


MAF internal audits designed to find faults

13 November 2000

MAF internal audits designed to find faults

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) internal management audit mechanisms are designed to find fault and prompt improvements.

MAF undertakes audits of its procedures regularly focusing on compliance and quality improvements. The audits make recommendations for improvements. Each finalised audit is reviewed and serious issues are remedied immediately.

Grant Burney, MAF's Group Manager, MAF Operations said the audit reports for the past 12 months do not disclose any fundamental biosecurity breach, but showed a gap between some everyday frontline practices and the procedural manuals which backed those practices up.

"For example MAF's new entry into the field of GMO quarantine supervision does not show a quarantine breach, but the reports do highlight a need for further education and training in this new area," he said.

"In effect, we have the highest standards for our biosecurity. We already exceed the standards for fruitfly detection, and for the number of times fruit and other produce is found at our airport and ports by the MAF detector dog teams. We set the standards high, and we've got a compliance group that goes out and audits against those very high standards and tells us whenever we are not meeting them." MAF has achieved international ISO standard accreditation for 96 percent of its quarantine employees and processes, and is in the process of gaining accreditation for the rest. MAF is the first biosecurity agency in the world to achieve this.

MAF has also achieved accreditation to the qualification framework for its Diploma in Biosecurity. MAF is progressing towards all its biosecurity and quarantine officers working towards gaining the Diploma.

Biosecurity at the border is just one part of maintaining the total biosecurity protection of New Zealand. "The process starts with government to government certification agreements on produce, " said Mr Burney.

"It carries on with the work of quarantine officers at the border, and post-border inspection. MAF animal and plant laboratories maintain direct surveillance, which includes an emergency response capability. The last part is biosecurity surveillance carried out by members of the public and the agricultural and conservation institutions in alerting MAF to pest and disease incursions through the MAF hotline (0800-809-966)," he said.

MAF's responsibility is to deliver the biosecurity systems and personnel to standards agreed with the Minister. The Ministry is responsible for the adequacy and protections surrounding the services. The internal audit process ensures direct feedback to senior MAF managers on how we are meeting the world's highest standards.

For further information contact: Grant Burney, MAF's Group Manager, MAF Operations. Telephone: 04-474-4289


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news