Col­lec­tive unites in biose­cu­rity fight

Bay of Plenty Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.”

Tau­ranga pho­tog­ra­pher Alisha Tay­lor has cap­tured the strength of 45 Bay dancers.

PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER

Tau­ranga Moana Biose­cu­rity Cap­i­tal co-chair­men Graeme Mar­shall and Carl­ton Bi­dois are head­ing a newly formed col­lec­tive.

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