Award winners a credit to our members
Category: National. Posted: 23 November 2018
New Zealand Biosecurity Institute President Darion Embling has congratulated the winners of this year’s NZ Biosecurity Awards which were announced last week.
Mr Embling said Institute members had a part to play in most of the winning projects.
“Our members have close connections with all the winners,” said Mr Embling.
Of particular cause for the NZBI to celebrate was the Minister’s Biosecurity Award which was won by long-time Institute member Greg Corbett who is the biosecurity manager for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
“It is his pest management expertise, his spirit of cooperation, and his commitment to innovation and positive environmental outcomes which made him the ideal winner.
“Greg has also been a strong supporter of the Institute over the years and remains a valuable senior member,” Mr Embling said.
Environment Southland’s ‘Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan’ won the top prize, the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award.
“This project has been a regular feature of presentations to members during its development.”
The awards’ winners included a wide variety of biosecurity-related projects including the protection of New Zealand’s kiwifruit industry, improving the outcomes for kōkako, and a portable footwear cleaning system.
Mr Embling made his comments at the quarterly NZBI Executive meeting held last week.
The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards are promoted by Biosecurity NZ and are additional to The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute’s own Legacy Awards which are presented every year at the end of July at the annual National Education and Training Seminars (NETS).