Collective unites in biosecurity fight
Mauao’s trees the catalyst for groups to work together
The threat of losing Mauao’s iconic pohutukawa to a foreign virus has prompted the coming together of 19 Tauranga-based organisations in what is believed to be a New Zealand first.
The newly formed Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital is tasked with strengthening protection for our borders from invasive pests and devastating viruses. The collective plans to increase awareness among the local population and advocate for better biosecurity.
Group co-chairman Graeme Marshall said he believed the group was the first regional collective to form with the biosecurity focus in mind. He hoped their efforts would help inspire others.
“It’s really about Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital being an exemplar at a local level and how this can be implemented,” he said.
The collective includes representatives from Nga¯i Te Rangi, Ngati Ranginui, Nga¯ti Pu¯kenga, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Department of Conservation, Biosecurity New Zealand, House of Science, Forest Owners Association, New Zealand Avocado, NZ Landcare, Tauranga City Council, Trevelyan’s, Kiwi Vine Health, Port of Tauranga, Zespri, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, B3, University of Waikato, and New Zealand’s Biological Heritage.
The group’s formation comes as a national biosecurity Ko Ta¯tou This Is Us campaign launches this weekend.
“What we are endeavouring to do is to really highlight the fact that what’s at risk is how we live, how we work and how we play, and get that home to people so people know they have a part to play.”
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Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital co-chairmen Graeme Marshall and Carlton Bidois are heading a newly formed collective.