We’re all in this together - All hands on deck - Biosecurity week 2019
Category: National. Posted: 21 July 2019
We’re all in the waka together when it comes to protecting New Zealand’s native biodiversity and primary industries according to the group which promotes the work of people working in the biosecurity sector.
The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute today launched Biosecurity Week, a week of activities nationwide in which those working in the sector highlight their work to their communities.
Institute President Darion Embling said the theme of Biosecurity Week this year is “He waka eke noa - All hands on deck”.
He said tried-and-true ways of controlling the nation’s animal and plant pests and other invasive organisms have worked well, but New Zealand now has some very ambitious biosecurity goals.
“These goals as well as needing new technology and innovation will need plenty of people power.
“It’s vital to get people on side and there are a number of community programmes across the country using new approaches which are having considerable success at controlling pests in backyards,” Mr Embling said.
The week is aligned with the Institute’s National Education and Training Seminars which are being hosted in Tauranga this week.
The three-day gathering from 24 -26 July provides a forum for discussion and debate on how New Zealanders can collectively minimise the risk of biosecurity threats to New Zealand, Mr Embling said.
Delegates will hear about national and local community initiatives, in particular the Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital initiative, and the need to encourage and support further joint initiatives of this sort throughout New Zealand.
NETS2019 is expected to attract up to 250 delegates from all over New Zealand.
The NZ Biosecurity Institute is the professional training and networking organisation for people involved in all aspects of biosecurity including pest animal and plant management, and border control. Its members work for research organisations, educational institutions, regional councils, government departments and private organisations. All are involved in protecting NZ from invasive species.
Mr Embling said every year Institute members spend hundreds of hours controlling or managing the risks to the economy and the environment of the effects of introduced pests.
“This is work which costs the country hundreds of millions of dollars each year through control, research and border control budgets. This money is coming out of all New Zealanders’ pockets,” he said.