Categories & Criteria

New Zealand Biosecurity Awards categories and entry criteria

What Award category to enter?

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 specific entry criteria below.

You can enter more than one category, but you must submit a separate application for each category.

Entries for categories 1–8 must relate to and/or highlight a programme/project/initiative that was started, carried out, or completed over the past 18 months (since January 2019).

Before entering, familiarise yourself with the following information:

DOC Community Pihinga Award – for new projects/initiatives

Open to individuals and groups including community and sporting groups where the project, initiative or body of work has been started, carried out, or completed in the last 18 months (since January 2019).

This Award recognises those who:

  • are committed to a project or a body of work that supports biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • work collaboratively within their community to share the message that biosecurity is the collective responsibility of all New Zealanders, and/or
  • work in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • show how biosecurity has been improved based on their project, initiative or a body of work, and/or
  • show leadership and support in assisting in the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment and native species and how biosecurity practices have enabled the success.

DOC Community Kahiwi Award – for established projects/initiatives

Open to individuals and groups including community and sporting groups where the project, initiative or body of work has been established longer than 18 months and can demonstrate new initiatives/programmes undertaken that continue to demonstrate biosecurity is at the heart of work being undertaken, and highlight what has been achieved in the last 18 months.

This Award recognises those who:

  • are committed to a project or a body of work that supports biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • work collaboratively within their community to share the message that biosecurity is the collective responsibility of all New Zealanders, and/or
  • work in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • show how biosecurity has been improved based on their project, initiative or a body of work, and/or
  • show leadership and support in assisting in the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment and native species and how biosecurity practices have enabled the success.

Te Tira Whakamātaki Māori Award

Open to whanau, hapū, iwi, and Māori organisations.

This Award recognises the unique relationship Māori have through biosecurity with the whenua, wai, and moana (land, water, and sea).

Entrants should be able to demonstrate:

  • their special relationship with the taonga in their takiwā
  • that their mahi is helping to increase Māori capability and capacity in the biosecurity system.

The Award recognises those who:

  • are committed to a project or body of work that supports protecting our taonga and biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • have identified, reported or led the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion, and/or
  • have developed new systems, technologies, processes, or practices within whanau, hapū, iwi, or Māori organisations that focus on improving biosecurity, and/or
  • work in partnership with local community, agencies, organisations or industry to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • share ideas and resources among others to help:
    • transfer knowledge
    • collectively lift biosecurity expectations and processes
    • increase Māori capability and capacity in the biosecurity system.

New Zealand Biosecurity Kura (School) Award

Open to teams, classes, rōpū and enviro-groups in early childhood centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools.   

This Award recognises those who:

  • are committed to a project or a body of work that supports biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • work in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • work collaboratively within their school and learning community to share the message that biosecurity is the collective responsibility of all New Zealanders, and/or
  • show how biosecurity has been improved based on their project, initiative or a body of work, and/or
  • show leadership and support in assisting in the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment and native species and how biosecurity practices have enabled the success.

GIA Industry Award

Open to groups, organisations, or individuals in business or industry.

This Award recognises those who:

  • are committed to a project or body of work that supports biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • have identified, reported, or led the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion, and/or
  • show what action they have taken, if any, around emerging biosecurity threats and risks to their business or industry, and/or
  • work in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • have developed new systems, technologies, processes, or practices within their business, industry, or organisation that focus on improving biosecurity, and/or
  • show how biosecurity has been improved based on their project, initiative or a body of work, and/or
  • share their ideas and resources among others to help transfer knowledge and collectively lift biosecurity expectations and processes.

Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award

Open to groups or individuals working in local, regional and central government organisations and agencies.

This Award recognises those who:

  • have been committed to a project or body of work that supports biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • have identified, reported, or led the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion, and/or
  • show what action they have taken, if any, around emerging biosecurity threats and risks to their organisation or agency, and/or
  • work in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • have developed new systems, technologies, processes, or practices within their agency or organisation that focus on improving biosecurity, and/or
  • show how biosecurity has been improved based on their project, initiative or a body of work, and/or
  • share their ideas and resources among others to help transfer knowledge and collectively lift biosecurity expectations and processes.

Bio-Protection Research Centre Science Award

Open to groups or individuals doing research in a business, tertiary institution, industry, or government.

This Award recognises those who:

  • are committed to a research project or body of work that supports biosecurity in New Zealand, and/or
  • have provided science and research that helped identify, report, or lead the management of a disease outbreak or pest incursion, and/or
  • work in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes, and/or
  • have developed new systems, technologies, processes, innovations, or practices within their business, industry, or research organisation that focus on improving biosecurity, and/or
  • show how biosecurity has been improved based on their project, initiative or a body of work, and/or
  • share their ideas and resources among others to help transfer knowledge and collectively lift biosecurity expectations and processes.

Mondiale Innovation Award

Innovation is about using new approaches or technologies (including social measures) rather than applying widely used measures effectively.

All entries are eligible for this Award but you must complete additional submission material on your entry form. 

The judges will choose from entries that have:

  • embraced innovation to contribute to the success of a project, programme, protocol, or one-off event, and/or
  • shown how biosecurity has been improved based on their innovation, and/or
  • shown how innovation has directly addressed a biosecurity threat, and/or 
  • are working in partnership with Māori to achieve biosecurity excellence and positive outcomes; and/or
  • demonstrated how innovative concepts, practices, or techniques have resulted in significant positive change, solved problems that matter, changed culture, or lead to a new way of thinking.

AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award

Open to individuals under 35 years old from 30 July 2020.

  • This Award recognises an emerging leader from the New Zealand biosecurity system and is open to individuals under 35 years old (from 30 July 2020) who are already making a significant contribution to biosecurity in New Zealand.
  • If you’re nominating someone for this Award, you must get their permission first.

Please note, you need someone to nominate you for this category you can not enter yourself.

Minister’s Biosecurity Award

Open to individuals, groups or organisations with at least 10 years’ continuous work in biosecurity.

  • This Award recognises an individual, group or organisation from the New Zealand biosecurity system that has at least 10 years of continuous outstanding contribution to biosecurity in New Zealand.
  • If you’re nominating someone for this Award, you must get their permission first.

Please note, you need someone to nominate you for this category you can not enter yourself. There will be no finalists announced for this Award, with the winner announced at the Awards dinner.

Supreme Award

All category winners are eligible for the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award.