Biosecurity Awards

Recognising and celebrating our biosecurity team of all New Zealanders

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

A biosecurity celebration

The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to:

  • protecting our taonga (precious natural resources)
  • ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world leading.

Entrants might be innovators, scientists, communities, teachers or leaders. Anyone who has taken an active interest in the continuous improvement of New Zealand’s biosecurity system. We want to recognise those who are doing their bit for biosecurity.

New Zealand Biosecurity Awards Dinner

Tickets are now available for the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards dinner at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Monday 31 October 2022.

Tickets are $125 excluding GST.

Register online for dinner tickets

2022 biosecurity awards finalists

2022 finalists

We are delighted to announce the Biosecurity Award finalists for 2022 – our biosecurity champions!

Learn more about the finalists

Important dates  

Te Arawa Lakes Trust Mokoia Island Catfish Killas
William Anaru from the Catfish Killas holding a catfish

Friday 17 June 2022: Entries opened

Friday 5 August 2022: Entries closed

Wednesday 21 September 2022: Finalists announced

Monday 31 October 2022: Winners announced at the Awards dinner 

  • The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards culminates with a dinner in Auckland. Finalists will be recognised, winners announced and the recipient of the coveted New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award revealed.
Categories and criteria

Categories and criteria

Explore New Zealand Biosecurity Awards categories and criteria

Previous winners and finalists

Previous winners and finalists

Check out previous winners and finalists stories and project summaries

Tame Malcolm—winner of the 2020 Emerging Leader Award—speaking at the Awards ceremony

Why enter – the opportunity

Pride and sense of achievement

Sometimes we forget to celebrate and recognise the people, projects, teams, businesses, and communities that are doing amazing things to protect New Zealand’s biosecurity system.

Boost your profile

Raise your community, business, or personal profile. Finalists and winners may receive media coverage for their achievements. As a finalist or winner of a New Zealand Biosecurity Award 2021 you will gain invaluable recognition as an individual, organisation, school, hapū or industry delivering excellence in the area of biosecurity. This will support the positive image of your organisation, project, or associated work.

Evaluated by the best

By entering or nominating an individual or organisation for an Award, you have the opportunity to be evaluated by a panel of highly-respected professionals and representatives from industry, government, iwi, and community.

2021 BioHeritage Challenge Community Award winner – Eastern Whio Link

Recognition and reward

The announcement of the Award finalists and the Awards dinner will provide an opportunity for celebration and networking with others throughout varied areas of business and expertise. All Award finalists will receive:

    • 2 tickets to attend the Awards dinner
    • a certificate of achievement
    • inclusion in the Awards collateral and extensive communications programme.
    • A representative for each finalist in the BioHeritage Challenge Community Award and Biosecurity New Zealand Kura (School) Award will also have their travel and accommodation costs to attend the Awards dinner met by the programme.

Award winners will receive:

    • a trophy and certificate of achievement
    • a chance to say a few words at the dinner ceremony
    • inclusion in the Awards collateral, media and communications programme.
    • The BioHeritage Challenge Community Award and the Biosecurity Kura (School) Award winners will each receive a cash prize of $2,500.
Tough competition for 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards Finalists


Tough competition for 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards Finalists

The 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards finalists are here, and competition for all eight categories has been the toughest in the award’s history.

Search is on for New Zealand’s biosecurity champions


Search is on for New Zealand’s biosecurity champions

Entries are now open for the 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contributions made around Aotearoa New Zealand to protect our country against pests and diseases.

Tracking pests from space wins big at Biosecurity Awards


Tracking pests from space wins big at Biosecurity Awards

A space-based biosecurity project has taken out the Supreme Award in the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.

Miraka 2020 Biosecurity Awards Supreme Winner 1000 x 690
Miraka for Te Ara Miraka: achieving enhanced biosecurity awareness and culture change on-farm
Xerra Earth Observation Institute Starboard
2021 Supreme Winner - Xerra Earth Observation Institute for their biosecurity project ‘Starboard’
"The recognition of Starboard’s work through these awards has been enormously motivating to continue our journey towards science-based benefits for all Aotearoa. Biosecurity challenges need a team approach and we sincerely thank the intensive co-development support from staff at MPI who now use our tool to help protect our maritime border from invasive species."

Moritz Lehmann, Xerra Earth Observation Institute
Supreme Award Winner 2021 
2022 BNZ Awards Ko Tatou website sponsors strip 1110x623