Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Biosecurity Award finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity

There is a heartening national effort taking place to safeguard the country’s biosecurity, says New Zealand Biosecurity Awards judging panel Chair, Dr John Hellstrom.

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

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 Tātou This Is Us which has been created to help build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million – all New Zealanders.

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

Categories and finalists are below. Further detail about their entries is at: (

New Zealand Biosecurity Department of Conservation Community Award

Community Group Project
The Forest Bridge Trust Forest Bridge Trust Catch IT Programme
Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society Restoring Kokako to Mt Pirongia
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

New Zealand Biosecurity Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Award

Organisation/Iwi/Whanau/hapū Project
Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa Warawara Whakaora Ake
Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust Waitakere Rahui
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust Tauranga Moana Iwi Biosecurity Efforts

New Zealand Biosecurity GIA Industry Award

Organisation Project
Kiwifruit Vine Health Kiwifruit Vine Health
Independent Verification Services (IVS) Ltd MTF: Working in partnership to improve biosecurity outcomes
Morven Action Group Morven Action Group

New Zealand Biosecurity Mondiale Innovation Award

Organisation Project
Waikaitu Ltd Waikaitu Ltd – Fruitguard Osmoprotectant
Jacson3 Limited Jacson3 and its portable footwear biosecurity system, the Jacson Cube®
Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust Waitakere Rahui

New Zealand Biosecurity Biological Heritage Challenge Science Award

Group/Individual Project
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) Dr Graeme Inglis; leading marine biosecurity science
Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute) Protecting New Zealand’s primary sector from plant pests; a toolkit for the urban battlefield
Plant and Food Research, Auckland Council, Te Tira Whakamaataki, Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Rongawhakaata Iwi and Ngāti Ruapani ki Turanga Iwi Dr Nick Waipara – te taura e herea nei te putaiao me Te Ao Maori. Science excellence in biosecurity

New Zealand Biosecurity Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award

Group/Individual Project
Environment Southland Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan
Northland Regional Council Pest Control Hub Northland Regional Council Pest Control Hub

New Zealand Biosecurity AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award

Sophia Clark Northland Regional Council
Dr Amanda Black Te Kawerau A Maki

A Ministerial award recognising a contribution to biosecurity over many years will be awarded on the night.

Those with an interest in biosecurity are encouraged to register for the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum which will explore the many different approaches to and motivations for biosecurity.

Topics covered include the relationship between biosecurity and biodiversity; new approaches to tough biosecurity problems and examples of how innovative thinking can improve biosecurity protection.

To learn more about the Forum and register, visit:

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