Boost for Hort NZ’s biosecurity team
Previously, Leanne worked for MAF/MPI in the plant import and export group, working on development of import health standards (IHS) and phytosanitary issues relating to trade including fruit fly risk management, policy development, operational research, offshore audit and assessments, and bilateral trade meetings.
So why leave the sunny streets of Rome to come home to New Zealand? “After five years in government, and three years in an international organisation, I wanted to work in private industry to apply my experience in helping to protect New Zealand growers from biosecurity risk. My goal here is to strengthen the biosecurity portfolio within Hort NZ, and represent growers’ interests at all levels across the biosecurity system, including the pre-border (to keep risk offshore), border and post-border environments.
“I want the growers to have access to the best biosecurity services we can offer them - that’s why I’m here.”
Leanne certainly knows what she’s doing; in addition to her previous work experience, she also holds a BSc in Plant Biology and Ecology, and a postgraduate Diploma in Plant Protection from Massey University. She hasn’t had much time to settle back in to Kiwi life since she got back, and is already in the thick of things here.
“It’s great being back, but a bit cold,” she laughs. “However, there are so many things about New Zealand that make it an amazing country, for one I’d say the wine here beats Italian wine any day!”
Being home means catching up on pastimes not suited to the hustle and bustle of Rome; diving, fishing, and just plain old relaxing are priorities when she gets some spare time.
“It’s just good to be back.”