Biosecurity Awards

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Calling all biosecurity champions

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

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting our country. It's our way of celebrating people and organisations across New Zealand who are contributing to New Zealand's biosecurity – in our communities, businesses, iwi and hapū, universities and in government.

Entries now open for the 2019 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

Have you been involved in a school or community group project that supported biosecurity in New Zealand? Has your mahi helped to increase Māori capability and capacity in the biosecurity system? Has your organisation developed new systems, technologies, or practices that focus on improving biosecurity? Are you involved in predator control or activities that are helping to protect biodiversity in Aotearoa?

If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it’s time to shine a light on their achievements. 

We encourage you to enter for the awards and be recognised for your commitment and passion to safe guarding our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand’s biosecurity system remains resilient, effective and world-leading.


Important dates

18 June 2019 Entries open
24 July 2019 Entries close
24 September 2019 Finalists announced and dinner tickets on sale 
4 November 2019 Winners announced at the Awards dinner in Auckland


2019 Award categories 

There are nine New Zealand Biosecurity Award categories in 2019. All category winners are eligible for the
New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award.

  1. DOC Community Pihinga Award – for new projects/initiatives
  2. DOC Community Kahiwi Award – for established projects/initiatives
  3. Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Award
  4. GIA Industry Award
  5. Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award
  6. Bio-Protection Research Centre Science Award
  7. Mondiale Innovation Award
  8. AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award – Nomination only
  9. Minister’s Biosecurity Award – Nomination only

If entering, you should choose the category best suited to the biosecurity work, the individual, or the group that deserves recognition.

To find out which award category to enter refer to the Awards entry criteria.


So are you ready to enter?

Entering the Awards is easy - it's all done online.

You have until 5pm (NZST) on Wednesday 24 July 2019 to complete your entry.

Find out more about how to enter here.

Help us to spread the word about these Awards

We'd love you to share the message about the Awards with your colleagues, customers, students and friends.

Do you have your own newsletter, website or social media pages? It would be great if you could please promote the Awards through your channels. 

We have created some Award resources that you can download below:

Need more information?

If you have any questions about the Awards or need some help with entering, please contact