Cel­e­brat­ing biose­cu­rity suc­cess

But a re­cent fo­rum in Auckland was also a chance to look to the fu­ture.

NZ Grower - - Biosecurity -

In mid-Novem­ber those in­volved in biose­cu­rity around the coun­try gath­ered in Auckland for the one of the big­gest events in the 2018 cal­en­dar, the Biose­cu­rity New Zealand Fo­rum. This event, hosted by Biose­cu­rity NZ with fo­rum part­ners Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment for Biose­cu­rity Readi­ness and Re­sponse (GIA) and the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC), pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to both look back and re­view the past year, and to look ahead to what’s on the hori­zon in the biose­cu­rity space.

Hor­ti­cul­ture NZ was rep­re­sented at the fo­rum by board mem­bers, Barry O’Neil and Ber­na­dine Guilleux and as­sis­tant biose­cu­rity man­ager, Anna Rathé.

The first day saw talks from a broad range of speak­ers in­clud­ing the Min­istry for Pri­mary In­dus­tries (MPI), DOC, re­gional coun­cils, pri­mary sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tives, uni­ver­si­ties and busi­ness and trade rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Many speak­ers ac­knowl­edged that good biose­cu­rity out­comes ben­e­fit not only the pri­mary sec­tor, but also NZ’s pre­cious and unique bio­di­ver­sity. Dur­ing the se­cond day of the fo­rum at­ten­dees ex­plored dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to biose­cu­rity through a se­ries of 10 dif­fer­ent work­shops. The aim was to trans­late the in­spi­ra­tion from day one into ac­tion. Work­shops cov­ered top­ics such as com­mu­nity, science, kaiti­ak­i­tanga, tech­nol­ogy and risk man­age­ment. Ber­na­dine Guilleux spoke to the Biose­cu­rity Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Net­work about get­ting biose­cu­rity into the board­room.

A high­light from the fo­rum was pre­sen­ta­tion of the an­nual NZ Biose­cu­rity Awards. These recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als and groups who have made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to biose­cu­rity in this counry. There were 19 awards fi­nal­ists in seven cat­e­gories, all of which were wor­thy con­tenders. The de­serv­ing win­ners for each cat­e­gory were;

• De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion Com­mu­nity Award

Piron­gia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restora­tion So­ci­ety

• Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Award

Te Rū­nanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust

• Gov­ern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment (GIA) In­dus­try Award

Ki­wifruit Vine Health

• Bi­o­log­i­cal Her­itage Chal­lenge Science Award

Scion: New Zealand For­est

Re­search In­sti­tute

• Ea­gle Tech­nol­ogy Lo­cal and Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment Award

En­vi­ron­ment South­land

• Mon­di­ale In­no­va­tion Award

Jac­son3 Lim­ited

• AsureQual­ity Emerg­ing

Leader Award

Dr Amanda Black

• Min­is­ter’s Biose­cu­rity Award

Greg Cor­bett • New Zealand Biose­cu­rity

Supreme Award

En­vi­ron­ment South­land

Hor­ti­cul­ture NZ would like to con­grat­u­late all of the fi­nal­ists and award win­ners, and thank them for their ef­forts.

The fo­rum was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for those in­volved right across the biose­cu­rity sys­tem to come to­gether to cel­e­brate suc­cesses, dis­cuss is­sues, and think col­lec­tively about the fu­ture of biose­cu­rity in our coun­try. It high­lighted the fact that we are all in this to­gether and it was clear that there are many peo­ple across the coun­try work­ing in­cred­i­bly hard to achieve ex­cel­lent biose­cu­rity out­comes for grow­ers and for wider NZ.

We’ve all got a part to play as we need 4.7 mil­lion New Zealan­ders to ac­tively take part in biose­cu­rity. Grow­ers have a lot at stake and they play an im­por­tant role in the biose­cu­rity story, par­tic­u­larly on the farm or or­chard. We en­cour­age all grow­ers to con­sider whether proac­tive biose­cu­rity dis­cus­sions and pro­ce­dures are an ev­ery­day part of your busi­ness. If not, now is the time to start. An ac­tive ap­proach to biose­cu­rity will help to pro­tect your as­sets and wider NZ from the dev­as­tat­ing pests and dis­eases that other coun­tries are grap­pling with. We have a lot that’s worth fight­ing for.

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