Biosecurity New Zealand Forum 2018

Details about the forum and how to register.


Join Biosecurity New Zealand and its forum partners, the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) and the Department of Conservation, at biosecurity’s premier event – the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum in Auckland on 12 to 13 November 2018.

It's been a big year in biosecurity.

Issues including Mycoplasma bovis, myrtle rust, kauri dieback, and the brown marmorated stink bug have dominated our news media this past year. No one can have any doubt about the importance of a resilient and effective biosecurity system.

All New Zealanders have a part to play in our biosecurity system and everyone benefits from it. We need to keep building connections and working together to protect what we've got. The Biosecurity New Zealand Forum provides the ideal platform for connecting and sharing ideas.

At the forum

Exploring different approaches to biosecurity

This year's forum theme is 'Biosecurity: Partnering to Protect'. We'll explore the many different approaches to and motivations for biosecurity.

Day 1

Plenary sessions over the first day will explore:

  • the relationship between biosecurity and biodiversity
  • new approaches by industry and researchers to wicked problems
  • examples of how innovative thinking can improve biosecurity protection.

We will also hear from industry leaders on future global impacts.

Day 2

We will launch the implementation plan for Biosecurity 2025.

We'll take a deeper dive into the issues through a series of workshop sessions. You'll leave inspired.

Be part of the brave and bold discussions for better biosecurity outcomes. Your contribution is vital.

Check the programme

We'll be adding speakers and presenters to the programme over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for the final speaker line up and programme. In the meantime, check out the updated programme. The final programme will be released just prior to the forum.

Download the updated programme [PDF, 312 KB]

Speaker previews

Alexia Hilbertidou

Founder of GirlBoss NZ, a women's network with some 8,000 members which encourages young women to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), leadership, and entrepreneurship. Alexia will talk about innovation, collaboration, and partnership and bring some inspiring, funny, and surprising insights into the minds of New Zealand's Gen Z.

Andrew Robinson

Chief executive of Questa Game, Australia, which makes tech cool and shows how to build engagement through gaming.

Dr Cathy Robinson

Principal scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia. Cathy specialises in an emerging science field – total system health. This involves analysing the social, political, cultural, and ecological causes of health and disease problems.  Cathy is particularly interested in how the development of indigenous land, sea and health enterprises can accelerate total system health outcomes for indigenous and rural communities.

Professor Jacinta Ruru

Jacinta is a law lecturer at Otago University where she teaches first-year law and upper-level courses in Māori Land Law and Law and Indigenous Peoples. She is the director of her innovative Te Ihaka: Building Māori Leaders in Law Programme (launched 2015). She is also the co-director of Nga Pae o te Maramatanga – New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence. Jacinta’s more than 90 publications focus on exploring indigenous peoples' legal rights to own, manage, and govern land and water.

When, where, and cost

Where: Pullman Hotel, Cnr Waterloo Quadrant and Princes St, Auckland

When: 12 and 13 November 2018

Registration costs: $250 for the forum, or $345 for the forum and awards dinner combined (excludes GST, per delegate). There is a special rate of $125 for the forum for voluntary non-government organisation delegates (NGOs).

Register separately for the NZ Biosecurity Awards dinner

We invite you to join us to celebrate the finalists and award winners of the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards dinner on Monday 12 November 2018 from 6.30pm.

The awards recognise the people and organisations that are exemplars in their contribution to biosecurity in its very widest sense – from community groups, science providers, iwi and hapū, businesses, industry, and local and central government. Be part of the celebration.

The awards dinner will be held at the Auckland Museum Centre.

Ticket cost: $125 or $345 for the forum and awards dinner combined (excludes GST). The awards dinner ticket includes dinner and beverages.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum or the Biosecurity Awards, email

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