2020 Biosecurity Awards Winners

Biosecurity Awards

Award winners were celebrated at the 2020 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards on 16 November in Wellington.  Congratulations to you all - our biosecurity champions! 


New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award and GIA Industry Award

New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award and GIA Industry Award

New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award and GIA Industry Award


Programme: Te Ara Miraka - achieving enhanced biosecurity awareness and culture change on-farm

Miraka established its farming excellence programme – Te Ara Miraka – to build farmer resilience, future-proof farmer regulatory compliance, extend the organisational values across their value chain, and lastly to start a traceable brand story.

The programme has a robust foundation focusing on employment relations, health and safety, environmental stewardship, prosperity and food safety standards, and Miraka has been able to demonstrate compelling and tangible behaviour change to farming operations and farmer mindsets through education, resourcing and financial incentives.

After involvement with a sector foot and mouth disease exercise scenario example in 2017, Miraka identified that biosecurity was missing from the programme and set about working with external parties, Primary ITO and QCONZ to establish an industry-available and NZQA-funded farm owner/management training short course.

Each participant was trained in biosecurity risk assessment, risk mitigations and how to create and implement a biosecurity plan within their business.

Through educational initiatives and a 1c/kgms incentive, in just 12 months, 72 out of 104 Miraka farmers fulfilled the criteria and executed a biosecurity plan. The course is now available to all.  


Minister's Biosecurity Award

Minister's Biosecurity Award

Minister's Biosecurity Award

Linda Peacock 

For services to the kiwifruit industry

Linda has worked tirelessly with growers and technical teams from across the regions for more than 30 years, taking science-based lessons and turning them into easily understood, practical solutions to help kiwifruit growers.

Highly regarded across industry, she’s been an incredible mentor who always puts the needs of growers first, with passion and empathy.

She’s also an active contributor to regional biosecurity networks KiwiNet and Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital, a member of the PSA research steering group and the Zespri crop protection steering group, and a long-standing industry liaison and technical specialist at Kiwifruit Vine Health.

Linda’s leadership, expertise and unwavering commitment to guarding against unwanted pests and diseases has been an asset to the industry and our communities across Aotearoa.

New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award

New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award

New Zealand Biosecurity Special Award

New Zealand Kiwifruit Industry

For outstanding commitment to biosecurity   

Our kiwifruit industry has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the face of biosecurity incursions, driving research and managing the impacts, while also ensuring the welfare of our growers.

The industry, alongside MPI, laid the foundations for a new era of biosecurity partnership, with the first signing of the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response Deed – a commitment to working together on preparing for pests and disease and on managing them if an incursion occurs.

The resilience demonstrated by this industry during earlier responses has carried through to today; it continues to pride itself on driving a collaborative approach to biosecurity and is an early adopter of new and innovative ways to managing this on behalf of its growers and the wider New Zealand food and fibre sectors.

Department of Conservation Community Pihinga Award for new projects/initiatives

Department of Conservation Community Pihinga Award for new projects/initiatives

Marine Meter Squared (Mm2), New Zealand Marine Studies Centre 

Project: Seashore monitoring for marine pests - a citizen science approach

Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) is a nationwide citizen science project that aims to get communities involved in the long-term monitoring of the seashore, raise awareness of biodiversity and biosecurity and changes in the marine environment, build links between scientists, educators, schools, community and iwi groups who care about the seashore environment and want to look after it.

By running educational programmes and workshops in communities and schools, alongside developing resources for people to use, Mm2 have been able to connect with a wide audience both online and in-person.  

Department of Conservation Community Kahiwi Award for established projects/initiatives

Department of Conservation Community Kahiwi Award for established projects/initiatives

Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust

This community-led success story celebrates the ambition and determination of the community to create and sustain a pest-free sanctuary, underpinned by a constant and priority focus on quality biosecurity delivery. This project demonstrates the purpose of Predator-free goals, and provides motivation and inspiration to the whole region.

The Rotokare sanctuary is possibly the largest essentially mouse-free environment on mainland Aotearoa. A strong biosecurity history has enabled significant indigenous species reintroductions, including the return of tieke and hihi after c.150-years regional extinction, and pāteke after c.100-years regional extinction. A partnership project has established a kiwi breeding population, and has now begun translocating kiwi to other sites. The sanctuary is also a source for other species translocations.

A several thousand hectare trapping programme in partnership with surrounding landowners has provided major community inspiration, enabled a kiwi translocation to a nearby site, and the return of pāteke to Taranaki. Due to pāteke predation soon after their release, a significant up-scaling of feral cat control has demonstrated the significant issue this species presents.

A comprehensive environmental education and engagement programme reaches out region-wide, empowering the future generation of leaders with knowledge and inspiration to lead their communities to improve the prospects for indigenous biodiversity.

Te Tira Whakamātaki Māori Award

Te Tira Whakamātaki Māori Award


Te Rawhiti 3B2 Ahu Whenua Trust

Project: Nga Kaitiaki o Ipipiri Herenga Waaka (Guardians of the Bay of Islands)

Te Rawhiti 3B2 Ahu Whenua Trust with support from mana whenua Patukeha Hapū and Ngati Kuta Hapū have been conducting pest control and assisting with native bird re-locations in the Bay of Islands for over 20 years.

The mahi has involved clearing and maintaining trapping tracks, placing and checking traps and bait stations, monitoring birds and helping with translocations, and conducting a controversial, but very successful, 1080 toxin aerial drop on Rākaumangamanga (Cape Brett Peninsula). Pest control and conservation work by hapū members on Urupukapuka Island has ensured populations of kākāriki, tīeke (saddleback), pōpokotea (whiteheads), and toutouwai (robins) are flourishing.

The 3B2 Trust has also assisted several researchers, including PhD students, studying the marine and terrestrial ecology of the Bay of Islands, and so the next generation of New Zealand conservationists and ecologists will have an understanding of kaitiakitanga.


Kura (School) Award

Kura (School) Award


St Paul's Collegiate School

Programme: Understanding biosecurity future-proofing strategies in New Zealand secondary schools

Through its agribusiness programme, St Paul’s Collegiate School is committed to taking the lead to meet primary industry needs by growing the talent, skills and abilities of students to better prepare them for careers in agribusiness.

The agribusiness programme encourages students to look at issues facing the primary sector, including biosecurity, where they gain a good understanding of topics such as Mycoplasma bovis or the Queensland fruit fly.

Using the biosecurity context, they’ve written a suite of schemes and resources for one of the new agribusiness achievement standards at NCEA Level 3 – future proofing strategies. St Paul’s Collegiate School has made this available to all New Zealand secondary schools.

These resources allow students to learn about the potential impacts biosecurity may have on the primary industries and why all New Zealanders need to ensure our country is kept safe from pests and diseases, and to use innovative ideas to provide future-proofing strategies for the industry.

Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award

Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award

Dr Mary van Andel, MPI 

Strategic leadership for Mycoplasma bovis and COVID -19 responses

Scientific excellence and courage are critical to biosecurity and protecting our precious taonga – and Mary’s life work epitomises this. A strategic veterinary epidemiologist, Mary has spearheaded the strategic design of the Mycoplasma bovis response - a world first attempt to free New Zealand of the cattle disease - since 2017. Mary is also a pivotal member of the M. bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group that steers the science research to support the eradication programme.

More recently she played a key role in the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 response – bringing her strategic disease tracing skills to serve New Zealand. Mary is Principal Advisor to MPI’s Chief Scientist and a member of the Australia NZ College of Veterinary surgeons – where her contributions to epidemiology saw her awarded the Chris Baldock Award in 2013.

Her PhD and life’s work has made an enormous contribution to New Zealand’s knowledge of animal population and surveillance data for use in national disease control, emergency management and outbreak investigation, as well as modelling and analysis.  


Bio-Protection Research Centre Science Award

Bio-Protection Research Centre Science Award


Programme: Network technology to inform risk-based testing, eradicating biosecurity incursions in the primary sector

There are approximately 300,000 rural properties in New Zealand which are linked by an estimated 100,000,000 annual movements. These movements mean that rural New Zealand is joined via a giant interconnected network. Although this connectedness has improved business efficiency, it has also meant that disease can spread much more effectively.

With the support of Callaghan Innovation and Agricultural and Marketing Research and Development Trust, along with world leading scientists, Onside has created a biosecurity system, Onside Intelligence (OSI), that is capable of managing readiness and response within the complexities of the modern world.

Onside Intelligence uses data from a range of sources to construct an intricate rural network which can be used to map disease pathways and feed algorithms to direct disease testing and management activity in the fastest and most resource efficient way.



Mondiale Innovation Award

Mondiale Innovation Award

Groundtruth Ltd

Programme: Trap.nz

Operating since 2014, Trap.nz is now the largest trapping database in the country and the leading software solution for pest management and outcome monitoring in New Zealand.

Trap.nz is the result of engaging with a widely dispersed community with large-scale pest control projects, and by building an interactive tool to establish manage, and link these projects. Users can set up, manage and report on their projects using the system.

Trap.nz is in constant development with innovation always at the forefront. Trail camera recording and reporting has been added and radio sensor traps, which electronically notify Trap.NZ when triggered, are included.

An open map API allows data to be viewed on a wide variety of systems, which is particularly useful for councils to manage trap deployments in partnership with community groups. 

AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award

AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award

Thomas (Tame) Malcolm from Te Tira Whakamātaki and Te Arawa Waka

Tame Malcolm (Te Arawa: Ngāti Tarāwhai, Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Ngararanui, Tapuika, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Ruanui) has more than a decade’s experience in environmental management roles in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Canterbury and Marlborough regions. This has included working for OSPRI (TB Free), Waikato Regional Council, Department of Conservation (Waikato) and most recently Te Tira Whakamātaki (the Māori Biosecurity Network).

Tame is an avid hunter and trapper who grew up in the bush, on the water and embedded in te ao Māori.

He and his current mahi is committed to; protecting the whenua; helping Māori entities protect their environment; ensuring Māori have access to and a say in how other agencies protect the environment; and maintaining and elevating the Māori worldview in science and environmental management/protection especially as it relates to biosecurity.