Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort
Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity
There is a heartening national effort taking place to safeguard the country’s biosecurity, says New Zealand Biosecurity Awards judging panel Chair, Dr John Hellstrom.
“We were excited to receive over 60 very high calibre entries, making the judging task difficult, but rewarding,” Dr Hellstrom says.
The Biosecurity Awards were established two years ago to recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to protecting our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world-leading.
The awards reflect the spirit of the newly launched biosecurity brand Ko Tātou This Is Us which has been created to help build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million – all New Zealanders.
Award winners will be announced at a dinner function during the annual Biosecurity Forum in Auckland on 12 November.
Categories and finalists are below. Further detail about their entries is at: (https://www.mpi.govt.nz/about-us/our-work/scholarships-and-awards/new-zealand-biosecurity-awards/).
Zealand Biosecurity Department of Conservation Community
Group Project The Forest Bridge
Trust Forest Bridge Trust Catch IT
Programme Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu
Restoration Society Restoring Kokako to Mt
Pirongia Sanctuary Mountain
Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain
Zealand Biosecurity Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Award
Organisation/Iwi/Whanau/hapū Project Te
Rūnanga o Te Rarawa Warawara Whakaora
Ake Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority &
Settlement Trust Waitakere Rahui Te
Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust Tauranga Moana
Iwi Biosecurity Efforts
New Zealand Biosecurity GIA Industry Award
Organisation Project Kiwifruit
Vine Health Kiwifruit Vine
Health Independent Verification Services
(IVS) Ltd MTF: Working in partnership to improve
biosecurity outcomes Morven Action Group
Biosecurity Mondiale Innovation Award
Ltd Waikaitu Ltd - Fruitguard
Limited Jacson3 and its portable footwear
biosecurity system, the Jacson Cube® Te
Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement
Biosecurity Biological Heritage Challenge Science Award
Project National Institute of
Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) Dr Graeme
Inglis; leading marine biosecurity
science Scion (New Zealand Forest Research
Institute) Protecting New Zealand's primary sector
from plant pests; a toolkit for the urban
battlefield Plant and Food Research,
Auckland Council, Te Tira Whakamaataki, Biological Heritage
National Science Challenge, Rongawhakaata Iwi and Ngāti
Ruapani ki Turanga Iwi Dr Nick Waipara - te taura e
herea nei te putaiao me Te Ao Maori. Science excellence in
New Zealand Biosecurity Eagle Technology
Local and Central Government Award
Southland Fiordland Marine Pathway Management
Plan Northland Regional Council Pest
Control Hub Northland Regional Council Pest Control
Biosecurity AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award
Sophia Clark Northland Regional
Council Dr Amanda Black Te Kawerau
A Ministerial award recognising a contribution to biosecurity over many years will be awarded on the night.
Those with an interest in biosecurity are encouraged to register for the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum which will explore the many different approaches to and motivations for biosecurity.
Topics covered include the relationship between biosecurity and biodiversity; new approaches to tough biosecurity problems and examples of how innovative thinking can improve biosecurity protection.
To learn more about the Forum and register, visit: www.mpi.govt.nz/biosecurityforum