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Seven new biosecurity detector dog teams


The Ministry for Primary Industries’ seven new biosecurity detector dog teams.

The handlers graduated from their training on Friday at a ceremony in Auckland, along with 43 other frontline biosecurity staff.

Biosecurity detector dog teams are one of the checks that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) uses to keep New Zealand free from exotic pests and diseases that could damage the country’s primary sector or environment.

Detector dogs are good at picking up seeds and plants that can be hard to detect by x-ray. They also screen people faster than x-ray, and their visual presence plays an important factor.

The teams are pictured outside the International Terminal Building in Auckland.
From left to right: Jacob Bates (with Ollie), Carlijn Bouwman (with Bounty), Meike Sloan (with Eden), Stephen James (with Vinnie), Jemma Grant (with Rogue), Tapua Hori (with Ella) and Rochelle Harper (with Cole).


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