2017 Biosecurity Awards Winners

The 2017 New Zealand Biosecurity Award winners were announced on 2 August 2017 in a ceremony at Parliament, Wellington.

Community Award

Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust – The Wildside Project

The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust has been successfully running predator control programmes for over 30 years. Most of the support comes from land owners and the wider community.

Highly Commended

Motutapu Restoration Trust

Industry Award


Port of Tauranga Limited – Biosecurity Excellence

The Port of Tauranga has built a port community that’s committed to biosecurity excellence. Their aim – to have no biosecurity incursions coming through the port of Tauranga. Their programme is a partnership with industry and government.

Highly Commended

New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI)

Government Award


Department of Conservation – The Great White Butterfly Eradication Project

The Department of Conservation eliminated a pest butterfly from New Zealand. This is the first time anywhere in the world that an unwanted butterfly population has been eradicated.

Highly Commended

  • Northland Regional Council – Marine Biosecurity Programme
  • Top of the South (TOS) Marine Biosecurity Project

There were some fantastic entries within this category, so the judges decided to award 2 certificates.

Māori Award


Te Tira Whakamātaki - Māori Biosecurity Network

The Māori Biosecurity Network was established in 2015 to look at how Māori knowledge, interests, and values can be embedded in New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

Highly Commended

The Karioi Project, Te Whaanga 2B3B2 and 2B1 Ahu Whenua Trust (AWT)