Biosecurity for community groups

Protecting your neighbourhood from pests and diseases

Protecting Aotearoa New Zealand takes everyone. Community groups all around the country are doing magnificent and valuable mahi in biosecurity. Learn more about them here. Explore tips and resources to start a biosecurity project in your community.

Biosecurity is a collective effort. We are all responsible for protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases, for now and the future.

E raka te maui, e raka te katau. A community can use all the skills of its people. 

te Arawa Lakes Trust Mokoia Island Catfish Killas
2019 Biosecurity Awards Supreme Winner - Te Arawa Lakes Trust Catfish Killas

Getting to know biosecurity in your region

Every region in Aotearoa has its own unique and special environment. Wherever you call home, you can protect it by being aware of the biosecurity risks around you. We all have a part to play.

Find out more about biosecurity controls, programmes and local groups you can support in your area.

Explore biosecurity by region

Useful links and resources for community groups

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Gecko NZ Trust

Encouragement, advice and resources to support communities to create beautiful environments



Join a group - Bionet

Explore a collection of online groups which focus on different themes in NZ's biosecurity

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Funding organisations - DOC 

Links to organisations who provide funding and grants for community groups

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2020 Biosecurity Awards - DOC Community Pihinga Award winner - Marine Meter Squared (Mm2)

New Zealand Biosecurity Awards: Calling all biosecurity champions

It takes all of us to protect what we've got, but there are a few champions worth celebrating—could this be you? Have you been involved in a community group project that supported biosecurity in New Zealand?  

If you or someone you know is doing great work to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases, it's time to shine a light on their achievements.


News and stories

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Alby Marsh – bringing people together to fight myrtle rust

Alby Marsh has spent his life building relationships. Now he is working with researchers and communities to build relationships and solutions that will help in the fight against myrtle rust.

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Biosecurity Trail empowers visitors to protect New Zealand flora

A new walking trail at the Auckland Botanic Gardens gives locals and overseas visitors a chance to learn about New Zealand’s flora as well as the role they play in protecting it.

Culex quinquefasciatus by Stephen Dogget


Citizen scientists needed to catch and dispatch mosquitoes

You can help scientists understand more about mosquitoes in New Zealand.