We’re all responsible for protecting
Aotearoa from pests and diseases.

Biosecurity keeps our incredible home, Aotearoa New Zealand, safe from pests and diseases.

Ko Tātou This Is Us asks us to take a moment to think about how
biosecurity protects our way of life, the outdoor environment where we fish, farm,
hunt and explore, the beautiful biodiversity of our unique ecosystem and even the food we eat.

Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from
getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here. 
It takes all of us to protect what we’ve got. Ko Tātou This Is Us.

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Tame Malcolm, 2020 Biosecurity Awards Emerging Leader

New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

Every year, we celebrate people making a difference through the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

It takes all of us to protect what we've got, but there are a few champions worth celebrating—could this be you?

Learn more about the awards and previous winners.

NZ Biosecurity Awards
gardening

At home

There are lots of ways you can contribute to biosecurity at home.

Know what pests and diseases to look out for around the garden and find practical tips for reducing biosecurity risks at your place.

Biosecurity at home
biking

In the outdoors

If you're into outdoor activities like tramping, mountain biking or camping – your role in biosecurity is important.

Discover how you can help limit the spread of pests and diseases in the outdoors.

Biosecurity for walking, camping and biking
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In and around water

Find tips on how we can protect our rivers, lakes and seas from pests and diseases when in or around water.

We all have a role to play in freshwater and marine biosecurity. 

Biosecurity for boating and water activities
Divers in Lyttleton harbour

Story

Protecting Lyttleton Harbour from Mediterranean fanworm

Lyttleton Port Company are committed to taking immediate action in high-risk locations to stop the spread and reduce the populations of fanworm in the inner harbour.

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Story

Wilding conifer control efforts smash targets

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme made huge strides in the 2020/2021 financial year, tackling more than half of its four-year target for wilding conifer control work in 12 months.

Kids and teachers using a guide to examine marine life in a coastal rockpool

News

Biosecurity Awards finalists protecting every corner of New Zealand

The 2021 Biosecurity Awards finalists named today show the huge effort under way to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases.