Tomorrow’s pests today? You can’t judge past actions on present knowledge but…if early on in our country’s history new settlers had known what species would become the future pests of this wonderful land and had left them in their country of origin, New Zealand’s biodiversity would be richer, our natural ecosystems less modified, and our primary industry less at risk. While technology is now more advanced and we have a better understanding of what may become a pest, where these pests might come from, and how they might arrive here, numerous risks still remain, both from pest species already in New Zealand and those that have yet to reach our borders. For example, unfortunately there are over 26 million eggs or chicks of native forest birds killed by predators each year. It is not a lost cause, however: with awareness, vigilance and engagement of all New Zealanders there is hope we can turn the tables on tomorrow’s unwanted pests.
Biosecurity is vital to protect
‘Biosecurity’ means protection from the risks posed by organisms to the economy, environment and people’s health, through exclusion, eradication and control procedures, actions and activities.
Vigilance and understanding of the risks to biosecurity are vitally important.
Sectors of the biosecurity system are all interlinked. They do not function in isolation but require each to be connected to the other to create a system stronger than its parts. The NZBI endeavours to foster relationships and avenues for the sharing of ideas and best practice information between all the sectors of the biosecurity system. Please follow the links to find out more about the varied disciplines that contribute to protecting
Policy - We need policy to guide our biosecurity actions and to steer
Education - What can we do to teach the next generation about what we have to lose if we don’t protect
People are the key to the success of protecting
‘I will clean my gear between waterways’ ‘I won’t sneak those seeds back into the country’
‘I will clean my hull between ports’ ‘I will dump my garden waste responsibly’
‘I will insist the agricultural machinery is cleaned before it comes to my place and then before it leaves’
‘I will ask the local regional council what this strange weed is on my property’
‘I will buy local produce and discourage imported food choices’
‘I will join the NZBI to keep abreast of the latest news and information so I can protect
Check out some of the people that belong to the Institute and why they are so passionate about protecting
NZBI Executive Members
- President - Pedro Jensen
- Vice-President - Rebecca Kemp
- Secretary - Wendy Mead
- Treasurer - Louise Cook
- Website Manager - David Brittain
- John (JR) Gardener
- Past President - Craig Davey