Pair fi­nal­ists in na­tional awards

Te Puke Times - - RURAL NEWS & VIEWS -

Ki­wifruit Vine Health and Te Ru¯nanga o Nga¯i Te Rangi Iwi Trust have been named as fi­nal­ists in the New Zealand Biose­cu­rity Awards.

Ki­wifruit Vine Health was up for the Govern­ment In­dus­try Agree­ment In­dus­try Award while Te Ru¯nanga o Nga¯i Te Rangi Iwi Trust were short­listed for the Te Puni Ko¯kiri Ma¯ori Award.

“We were ex­cited to re­ceive over 60 very high cal­i­bre en­tries, mak­ing the judg­ing task dif­fi­cult, but re­ward­ing,” judg­ing panel chair­man Dr John Hell­strom said.

“There is a heart­en­ing na­tional ef­fort tak­ing place to safe­guard the coun­try’s biose­cu­rity.”

The Biose­cu­rity Awards were es­tab­lished two years ago to recog­nise and cel­e­brate ex­em­plary con­tri­bu­tions to pro­tect­ing our taonga (pre­cious nat­u­ral re­sources) and en­sur­ing New Zealand’s biose­cu­rity sys­tem re­mains re­silient, ef­fec­tive, and world lead­ing.

The awards re­flect the spirit of the newly launched biose­cu­rity brand Ko Ta¯tou This Is Us which has been cre­ated to help build a biose­cu­rity team of 4.7 mil­lion — all New Zealan­ders.

Award win­ners would be an­nounced at a din­ner func­tion dur­ing the an­nual Biose­cu­rity Fo­rum in Auck­land Novem­ber 12.

The 19 award fi­nal­ists in seven cat­e­gories were an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 12. The re­cip­i­ent of the Min­is­ter’s Biose­cu­rity Award will be an­nounced at the awards din­ner on Novem­ber 12 in Auck­land. Bay fi­nal­ists in­clude:

Te Ru¯nanga o Nga¯i Te Rangi Iwi Trust Project: Tau­ranga Moana iwi biose­cu­rity ef­forts.

Te Ru¯nanga o Nga¯i Te Rangi Iwi Trust sub­mit­ted this ap­pli­ca­tion to sup­port Tau­ranga Moana iwi and ac­knowl­edge the con­tin­ued ef­forts of lo­cal kaiti­aki are to build ca­pac­ity and aware­ness in our com­mu­ni­ties, and to grow biose­cu­rity ex­cel­lence in Tau­ranga Moana.

The trust does this work in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the in­com­ing threats that are on our doorstep. With the growth of the Port of Tau­ranga, and hor­ti­cul­tural and agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries, the Trust views this as a sig­nif­i­cant step in the pro­tec­tion of our “taonga i tuku iho” (cul­tural trea­sures and her­itage). Ki­wifruit Vine Health

Project: Ki­wifruit Vine Health.

Ki­wifruit Vine Health (KVH) is a lead­ing biose­cu­rity or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­port­ing the NZ ki­wifruit in­dus­try. Es­tab­lished in De­cem­ber 2010 by the in­dus­try to lead the re­sponse to the Psa in­cur­sion, the or­gan­i­sa­tion is now re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing all biose­cu­rity op­er­a­tions on be­half of the ki­wifruit in­dus­try.

Anal­y­sis has shown the cost of the Psa in­cur­sion could be up to $885 mil­lion over 15 years. KVH’s com­mit­ment to man­ag­ing the Psa re­sponse for ki­wifruit grow­ers has con­trib­uted to the re­mark­able re­cov­ery of the ki­wifruit in­dus­try just eight years on from this in­cur­sion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is a leader in biose­cu­rity readi­ness.

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