Business tools and templates

Biosecurity Governance for New Zealand’s board tables

Accountability for biosecurity risks should sit at the most senior levels of leadership and be on risk registers with regular reporting and discussion at senior levels. The CEO Guide to Managing Biosecurity Risk and Biosecurity Considerations for Boards are guidelines designed to support businesses in taking top-down leadership through the development of high-level biosecurity risk plans that can be tailored for individual companies. These guidelines are valuable tools that will shape efforts to protect our businesses, New Zealand’s unique environment and the economy.

The guidelines were co-designed by members of the Pledge in consultation with a selection of Pledge chief executives and governors. If you have any questions about these guidelines or the Biosecurity Business Pledge, contact Debbie Teale, executive director of the Pledge or 021 811 866.

CEO guide to the management of biosecurity risk [PDF, 320KB]         Biosecurity considerations for Boards [PDF, 415KB]

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) biosecurity resources

Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) biosecurity resources

Recognising that all 5 million of us are part of our biosecurity system, Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) have developed a number of resources for use by both growers and the general public including Kiwifruit Growers Biosecurity Guidelines and a helpful guide for growers, detailing the likely sequence of events if a fruit fly response was to occur in a kiwifruit growing region.

“The Kiwifruit industry is worth billions of dollars and with the public onboard – knowing the importance of biosecurity and taking action when they should - we can help protect the things associated with the industry that are important to us all as a community, not just orchards but businesses, jobs, and people’s livelihoods,“ says Stu Hutchings, Chief Executive of Kiwifruit Vine Health.

KVH works with growers and all sorts of organisations across the kiwifruit industry (like Zespri and post-harvest companies) to raise awareness about what to look out for and what to do if anything out of the ordinary is found on plants in orchards, in nurseries and in gardens.

They’re strongly focused on leading preparedness for biosecurity risks to the kiwifruit industry - identifying unwanted pests and diseases, working to keep them out of the country, and prepare for what the industry needs to do should they get here.

“Every community member makes a difference. The more sets of eyes we have on the lookout for unusual disease symptoms, and pests, the better off we are because it increases the likelihood of damaging threats not only being discovered, but being found early enough for us to limit impacts. “

Check out KVH’s biosecurity resources:

Fonterra's biosecurity requirements for travellers

Biosecurity Business Pledge member Fonterra has shown leadership in signing up and being proactive in their commitment to integrate biosecurity practices into their operations and supply chains.

They’ve developed these requirements that detail the expectations they have for their travellers.

Fonterra’s biosecurity key principles aim to reduce the spread of diseases and pests that impact animals or the feed crops they rely on and ensuring high standards of animal health and welfare and biosecurity. This is vital to help secure strong and thriving rural communities for future generations.

Biosecurity e-learning Fonterra has developed for its corporate travellers

Fonterra has turned the limited occurrence of international corporate travel during COVID times into an opportunity to strengthen systems to build corporate traveller biosecurity awareness.  An e-learning tool has been developed to walk travellers through the global context for biosecurity, key risks associated with travel, and good practices. 

The e-learning covers pre-departure planning and well as pre-return practices. Particular guidance is given on equipment taken offshore and its disinfection before returning to New Zealand. Potential for contamination of everyday footwear is highlighted – an item that is easily overlooked. 

The tool is linked to the Fonterra travel booking system and includes an acknowledgement section upon completion.  In its design attention was paid to communication formats which would support good learning retention of the information conveyed.  A simulated text message exchange is included to summarise and reinforce the information conveyed.

Their biosecurity reference card for travellers summaries some of the tips covered in the e-learning tool.

NZ Wine Biosecurity Resources

NZ Wine Biosecurity Resources

The NZ Wine team has created some new biosecurity resources to ensure healthy vineyards through positive biosecurity actions. These include a Pest and Disease Identification Guide for the most unwanted in our vineyards and a guide to those already present. 

Check them all out on the NZ Wine website:

Auckland Airport's commitment to protect our border

Airport case study

Auckland Airport is committed to protecting our border from unwanted biosecurity pests. 

For biosecurity reasons all aircraft cabin waste must be processed at the border and sterilised on site at Auckland Airport. In 2015, in a world first for biosecurity and airport waste reduction, Auckland Airport, in conjunction with OCS – a facilities management company specialising in sustainable solutions, and MPI, developed an airside transitional waste facility (TWF) that segregates and sorts cabin waste from a number of airlines.

Waste is sorted according to MPI biosecurity requirements into items which can be reused, recycled and reconstituted into totally different products such as composite building materials, without compromising biosecurity, and those that must be quarantined and destroyed for biosecurity reasons.

By drastically reducing the amount of aircraft cabin waste sent to landfill not only have they increased sustainability and reduced waste, they’ve also achieved a good outcome for New Zealand’s biosecurity.

Auckland Airport case study

Auckland Airport training

Pledge member, Auckland International Airport (AIAL), have made their online biosecurity awareness training module available to all.  

If you’d like to discuss this resource or designing a similar tool for your business, contact Shaun at Auckland Airport,     

View the training and test your biosecurity knowledge

SPS Biota – training modules

As a Biosecurity Readiness and Response Panel member, SPS Biota has three publicly available, free to access online learning courses to help promote understanding and action around biosecurity:

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Awareness

Learn about Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) and its potential impact on New Zealand. BMSB is not present in New Zealand and this course will teach you what to do if you suspect you have found one.

Foundation Forest Biosecurity

Get an overview of the forest and plant biosecurity system including why biosecurity is important for all New Zealanders. This course will teach you how you can help protect the forests we work and play in, through good biosecurity.

Spongy Moth

Learn about the spongy moth, its potential impacts, how to identify it and what to do if you think you’ve found one.

When a participant clicks on the link they will need to register to be able to access the modules, once registered they can logon.


Once logged on the can access the modules and begin their learning – see below


Biosecurity in New Zealand: An introduction

Biosecurity New Zealand has produced Protecting New Zealand, a brochure designed to raise awareness of our world leading, multi layered biosecurity system.  It can be used by businesses starting out on their biosecurity journey and as a resource to educate staff, suppliers and the broader supply chain of the various risks associated with the movement of goods into and around New Zealand; the systems in place should a pest or disease get past our border and the associated economic implications of such a threat.

Get started with this introduction to New Zealand’s biosecurity system and share it with your networks. Everyone has a role in managing risk and protecting Aotearoa New Zealand.

Protecting New Zealand: An introduction to the world’s best biosecurity system [PDF, 14MB]

Pests and diseases

Auckland Airport Resources

Each month Auckland Airport displays a ‘Pest of the Month’ poster throughout their offices and site to raise biosecurity awareness among team members. The Airport have kindly agreed to share this resource and welcome you extracting or re-branding any part of the content to suit your purposes and channels.

Note that if you think you’ve found an exotic pest or disease, this can be reported to Biosecurity New Zealand at or by freephone 0800 80 99 66.