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Know your marine organism

The Marine Invasive Taxonomic Service (MITS), run by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), is responsible for identifying and managing collections of all marine samples so that we know what’s out there and what it looks like.

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Profile on Graeme Inglis Principal Scientist

For nearly 20 years Graeme Inglis has been a major influencer and contributor to New Zealand’s marine biosecurity, particularly around science, surveillance, technical advice and response capability.

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United approach to marine biosecurity

Historically, the threats posed by marine pests have largely been placed in the too-hard basket – but now significant and positive changes are afoot aimed at future-proofing our precious marine life.

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Biosecurity Awards finalists reflect huge national effort in biosecurity

The announcement of the finalists for the 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. The judging panel faced a tough job with over 60 high-calibre entries to assess.

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Keeping Fiordland's waters pest free

With its pristine waters and unique ecosystems, Fiordland is one of the most beautiful and dramatic natural areas of New Zealand. It’s home to some incredible species and plays host to visitors from around the world. However, Fiordland is at risk from the

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A community driving biosecurity in Tauranga Moana

A new coalition in the Tauranga Moana region is leading the country in a coordinated community approach to biosecurity.

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Building a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders

Minister for Biosecurity Damien O’Connor today calls on every New Zealander to help build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million as part of the Ko Tātou This Is Us campaign.

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Ko Tātou This Is Us – It takes all of us to protect Aotearoa

A new programme launched today by Biosecurity 2025 sets out to build a biosecurity team of 4.7 million New Zealanders.

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Community support to make on-farm biosecurity happen

Mycoplasma bovis in the Waimate District made the need for on-farm biosecurity real for many farmers for the first time.