Biosecurity is the responsibility of all New Zealanders. We can all play an active role in biosecurity – whether you are out on the farm, in the garden, going for a weekend tramp or snorkelling at your favourite reef.
Our mission is “Working together to ensure New Zealand is protected from the adverse impacts of invasive species.”
The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute (NZBI) is an incorporated society with a wide membership which is open to anyone either playing an active part in the biosecurity system or just interested to get connected. The key aims for the NZBI are to connect people working across the NZ biosecurity system to share, learn and in doing so - lifting overall performance. Our members are active in driving improvements within biosecurity systems, sharing best practice and innovations, and raising awareness of biosecurity management in New Zealand.
Connecting people and organisations to share their knowledge in the field of biosecurity is an important objective for the NZBI. We have branches throughout the country that meet regularly and we all come together annually during a “New Zealand Biosecurity Week” to hold the National Education and Training Seminar (NETS). In order to connect people to places, NETS is held in a different location around New Zealand each year and allows our members the opportunity to share experiences and successes as well as lessons learnt. The seminar invites top national and international speakers from across the spectrum of biosecurity. The NZBI also funds and creates opportunities for the professional development of our members.
Please take the time to make the most of the resources available on our website and find out more about the NZBI. To find out more about biosecurity issues and what NZBI members are up to day in, day out, I encourage you check out the latest editions of Protect magazine.
If you value biosecurity and want to connect with people who work in biosecurity then I encourage you to join the NZBI community and contact your local branch representatives.
Jono Underwood, President