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Biosecurity Awards finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity


12 October 2018

There is a heartening national effort taking place to safeguard the country’s biosecurity, says New Zealand Biosecurity Awards judging panel chair, Dr John Hellstrom.

"We were excited to receive over 60 very high calibre entries, making the judging task difficult, but rewarding," Dr Hellstrom says.

The Biosecurity Awards were established 2 years ago to recognise and celebrate exemplary contributions to protecting our taonga (precious natural resources) and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective, and world-leading.

The awards reflect the spirit of the newly launched biosecurity brand Ko Tātou This Is Us which has been created to help build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million – all New Zealanders.

Award winners will be announced at a dinner function during the annual Biosecurity Forum in Auckland on 12 November.

A Ministerial award recognising a contribution to biosecurity over many years will be awarded on the night.


NZ Biosecurity Award finalists

Department of Conservation Community Award

  • The Forest Bridge Trust
  • Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society
  • Sanctuary Mountai Maungatautari

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Award

  • Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa
  • Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust
  • Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust

GIA Industry Award

  • Kiwifruit Vine Health
  • Independent Verification Services (IVS) Ltd
  • Morven Action Group

Mondiale Innovation Award

  • Waikaitu Ltd
  • Jacson3 Limited
  • Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority & Settlement Trust

Biological Heritage Challenge Science Award

  • National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA)
  • Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Institute)
  • Plant and Food Research, Auckland Council, Te Tira Whakamaataki
  • Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Rongawhakaata Iwi and Ngāti Ruapani ki Turanga Iwi

Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award 

  • Environment Southland
  • Northland Regional Council Pest Control Hub

AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award

  • Sophia Clark, Northland Regional Council
  • Dr Amanda Black, Te Kawerau A Maki