Past Conferences


NETS2013 - Shake it Up!

TranzAlpine Train and Shantytown, Greymouth 31st July to 2nd August 2013.

Thank you to all those who were responsible for a great NETS2013 conference on the TransAlpine Train and at Shantytown, Greymouth.

NETS2013 Programme 


Thanks go to the Major Sponsors of NETS2013


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NETS2012 - Pests in our Dynamic Landscapes: The pressure is on!

As held at Wairakei Resort, Taupo 18th - 20th July

The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute National Education and Technology Seminar (NETS) was held at the Wairakei Resort Hotel 18th - 20th July 2012.

Download the Registration Brochure.

Highlights from NETS2012 included:

Discussion Documents on Workshops can be read here: Pest and Communities; Weed Risk Database; NPCA


Thanks go to the Major Sponsors of NETS2012
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The National Pest Control Association (NPCA) aka National Possum Control Agencies Technology Transfer Conference became part of NETS following approval at the NZBI AGM held July 2011. The combined conference has now been formally agreed, with a Memorandum of Understanding duly signed. Read more.....







NETS 2011  “The Northern Gateway, Tomorrow's Pests Today!”

6th-8th July 2011, Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland

Conference Handbook and Programme





The 2010 New Zealand Biosecurity Institute annual conference was held in Blenheim from 21-23rd July 2010.


NETS2010: Know How, Can Do, Job Done!
We shall fight pests on the seas and oceans,
We shall fight pests with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Islands
We shall fight pests on the beaches and coastlines,
We shall fight pests in the forests and the wetlands,
We shall fight pests in the fields and in the streets,
We shall fight pests in the hills and tussocklands;
We shall never surrender!
The Marlborough Region is split in two by the mighty Wairau River. The southern half has low rainfall; the northern half of the region, the Sounds and surrounding valleys host a high rainfall. The result is two very different landscapes.
Our industries include agriculture, aquaculture, wine (we have a glut, by the way, and will need your help while at NETS2010!), tourism, forestry, olives and high country farming. Our region faces a diverse set of biosecurity challenges. Every industry and each part of our region is threatened by invasive pest species.
The control of invasive pest species in Marlborough has called for innovation and dedication to ensure their control, and in several situations, their eradication. Of course, pest control is impossible without the support of the community, and luckily our unique region has a strong community spirit, both in urban and rural areas.
This community spirit shows through in how we approach our biosecurity issues, with various organisations and community groups in our region tackling invasive pest species head on – on our coastlines, in our marine environment, on the land, and in our waterways. Using local, national and international knowledge, the right resources and a positive attitude, we are showing that invasive pests can be tamed.

Love Marlborough.



The conference featured biosecurity issues relevant to the southern South Island such as rabbits, didymo, wilding trees, and pest eradications from islands. Papers covering topics relevant to current biosecurity and pest management issues were welcome.

Posters were strongly promoted at this conference enabling a wider range of topics to be presented and providing opportunities for greater informal discussion and exchange of information over the three days.
To encourage student participation, tertiary students who presented a paper or poster at the conference received a 50% discount off the conference registration.


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