The Biosecurity Strategy for New Zealand

Tiakina Aotearoa Protect New Zealand

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Letter from the Minister for Biosecurity, The Hon Jim Sutton MP

Office of Hon Jim Sutton
Minister of Agriculture
Minister for Biosecurity
Minister of Forestry
Minister for Trade Negotiations
Minister for Rural Affairs
MP forAoraki

Growing international trade, greater mobility and climate change make New Zealand's border increasingly vulnerable to new pests and diseases, many of which could destroy our economy, our lifestyle and our iconic species of birds and plants. Too many species have been lost forever; others are imperilled.

New Zealand's isolation from ravaging diseases, such as Foot-and-Mouth, isn't just due to geography. Responsible people understand many of the issues, but it is imperative that all New Zealanders (and all our visitors) understand why we have such rigorous biosecurity measures to protect us, and future generations. Obeying biosecurity rules must become as fundamental as wearing seat belts in cars.

New Zealand has had some major biosecurity successes, but many challenges remain. Biosecurity deals with living problems, inevitably changing, so we must ensure our systems are dynamic, constantly evolving to keep pace. New Zealand's response, one of continuous improvement, must be relentless.

Our biosecurity interests have been actively policed by our biosecurity agencies (Agriculture & Forestry, Conservation, Fisheries and Health), for which we should all be grateful. As Minister for Biosecurity , I'm giving my full support to the recommendations of "Tiakina Aotearoa -Protect New Zealand" (New Zealand's first biosecurity strategy). It is the result of months of consultation and deliberation. I would like to record my appreciation to the wide spectrum of interested parties who contributed -amongst others the government departments, regional councils, representatives of industry and farming, and conservation organisations.

I hope this strategy will be widely read and that it will encourage everyone to take personal responsibility for biosecurity , and remain vigilant. As Minister for Biosecurity, I will be working to ensure the Biosecurity Council's expectations are fully implemented by the Government.

Yours sincerely

Signature of Minister for Biosecurity

Hon Jim Sutton
Minister for Biosecurity

Biosecurity Council

Dr John Hellström, Chair, Biosecurity Council; Barry O’Neil, Group Director, MAF Biosecurity Authority; Murray Sherwin, Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry; Karen Poutasi, Director-General, Ministry of Health; Hugh Logan, Director-General, Department of Conservation; Warwick Tuck, Chief Executive, Ministry of Fisheries; Barry Carbon, Chief Executive, Ministry for the Environment; Dr Bas Walker, Chief Executive, ERMA NZ; Basil Chamberlain, Regional Councils’ representative; Leith Comer, Chief Executive, Te Puni Kokiri; Dr James Buwalda, Chief Executive, Ministry of Research, Science and Technology; Craig Lawson, primary production industry representative, Te Ohu Kai Moana; Dr Wren Green, environmental organisations’ representative; Dr Mick Clout, alternate environmental organisations’ representative; and Bob Diprose, alternate primary production industry representative.

Strategy Advisory Group

Dr Anton Meister, Chair and Head of Department of Applied and International Economics, Massey University; Richard Bowman, Biosecurity Manager, Environment Southland; Nici Gibbs, Policy Manager, NZ Seafood Industry Council; David Hansen, General Manager Operations, Auckland International Airport; Mike Harding, Environmental Consultant; Dr Virginia Hope, Manager (Environmental Health), Auckland Regional Public Health Service; Tom Lambie, President, Federated Farmers of NZ (Inc); Maui Solomon, Barrister; Neil Taylor, recent Chief Executive, Meat NZ; and Dr Liz Wedderburn, National Science Leader, Land & Environmental Management, AgResearch Ltd.

Acknowledgements

David Moore, Director, LECG; Nicola Young, ViewPoint Communications; Sean Goddard, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Conservation; Robbie Thomson, Consultant, Eight Red Fish Consulting; Chris Baddeley, Team Leader, Biosecurity Policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Annie Coughlan (Ministry of Health Representative); Johannah Branson, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Andrew Sweet, Consultant (Treasury Representative), Firecone New Zealand; Gillian Mylrea, National Adviser, Animal Biosecurity, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry; Deborah Hume, Senior Risk Consultant (MFish Representative), URS; Justin Coutts, Economist, LECG; Hayden Glass, Economist (Treasury Representative), LECG; Simon Thomas, Communications Manager, NZ Seafood Industry Council; Mark Trainor, Trade Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade; Neil Hyde, Director, Border Management, MAF Biosecurity Authority.

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