Biosecurity 2025 Implementation Plan

In November 2018, the Biosecurity 2025 implementation plan was launched and combines the goals and outcomes from the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.

The implementation plan outlines particular work programmes, activities and actions that we can take as a collective to continue to strengthen New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

Implementation work programmes

Within the implementation plan there are five programmes of work:

  • Exercise kaitiakitanga (Guardianship) - taking a strategic view of the system through monitoring and reporting
  • Create a movement - encouraging proactive biosecurity behaviours and supporting collaboration across the system
  • Collaborate in knowledge - sharing knowledge and working together in science, research and technology
  • Build resilience - investing in biosecurity skills and strategic assets
  • Enable smart data - sharing data for use in analytics, science, research and intelligence.

Critical focus areas

Over the next 5-7 years, as the implementation plan gets under way, there will be four areas of critical focus for New Zealand. They are crucial to pest and disease management and have been identified as needing special attention and input by all New Zealanders. They are:

  • Elevation of Te Ao Māori - recognise the role of Māori as kaitiaki and the centrality of mātauranga Māori in New Zealand’s biosecurity system.
  • Strengthen global biosecurity - strengthen global biosecurity by achieving closer working relationships with international partners and collaborating to develop a global risk management strategy.
  • Respond to climate change - ensure our strategies and actions are adaptable and flexible across the system so we can effectively manage the changing risks and uncertainties that are driven by climate change.
  • Protect New Zealand's marine environment - help New Zealanders and others understand the interconnectedness of the world’s ocean environment and the importance of working together to manage marine-related pests and diseases.

Who is helping to implement Biosecurity 2025?

Over 80 system leaders and 60 organisations were involved in planning how to implement the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.

Steering Group

The Biosecurity 2025 Steering Group has helped to lead and drive the delivery of the Biosecurity 2025 programme. They have been focusing on mobilising people to work together across the system, and provide strategic system oversight until longer-term governance arrangements are in place. The Steering Group membership reflects the breadth of the system, and includes Māori, industry, NGO, central government and local government members.

Working Groups

Five working groups – one for each strategic direction - developed the work plans that have informed the development of the implementation plan. The implementation plan will provide guidance and specific actions through to 2025 and beyond.

Stocktake of Biosecurity Research, Science and Technology

The Biosecurity 2025 Science Working Group developed this Stocktake with support from MPI. Published in March 2021, the Stocktake identifies overarching research, science and technology priorities that are aligned to the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.

The Stocktake is designed to support investment choices in research programmes, science capability and planning. It also intends to support partnerships with local and international research collaborators.