Protecting to Grow New Zealand: Biosecurity Forum 2016
Join us to launch the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement and engage with experts about the future of biosecurity in New Zealand.
Our biosecurity system: One of the best
Everyone in New Zealand has a part to play in our biosecurity system and everyone benefits from it.
To continue at the forefront of protection, it's important to build connections and work together to protect and grow our country.
MPI and the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) are proud to be hosting the Protecting to Grow New Zealand: Biosecurity Forum 2016.
About the forum
Protecting to Grow New Zealand is a 2-day event that will focus on the crucial role of our global biosecurity system to protect and grow New Zealand's unique environment, economy and people.
- Day 1 features national and international speakers – including keynote speaker, the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy, who will talk about the new Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.
- Day 2 is a series of free workshops – where you can participate in planning for the implementation of the Biosecurity 2025 strategy.
What's being discussed
Discussion topics at the forum and workshops include:
- what biosecurity is and the critical role our global system plays in protecting New Zealand's environment and economy
- the importance of understanding and participating in our biosecurity system for industry and business
- biosecurity drivers and the place of our biosecurity system in the everyday lives of New Zealanders
- the connection between biosecurity and biodiversity
- leadership and technology for the future.
You can go to both days or just one – but you must register to attend. If you're going to the workshops on Day 2, conference organisers will contact you after you register to discuss the sessions you'd like to attend. The session topics are listed in the agenda.
About the workshops
The workshops on 23 November will focus on the 5 strategic directions outlined in the Protecting to grow New Zealand discussion document.
The strategic directions are:
- a biosecurity team of 4.7 million
- harnessing science and technology to transform our systems
- building intelligence and using powerful data analysis
- system-wide leadership and inclusive governance arrangements
- a capable and sustainable workforce.
At the workshops, we'll explore the comments gathered from New Zealanders and continue the conversation around the development of a Biosecurity 2025 implementation plan.
Because the strategic direction of 'A biosecurity team of 4.7 million' is so broad, we've split the workshops in 2:
- Part 1 (a morning session) will focus on growing participation.
- Part 2 (in the afternoon) will focus on collaboration and partnerships.
Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr will be facilitating these workshops.
Download a copy of the forum and workshop agendas [PDF, 211 KB]
When and where
Where: Pullman Hotel, corner of Princes Street & Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland.
When: Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 November 2016.
The forum on Tuesday, 22 November costs $200 plus GST ($230 including GST) to register. There's no charge to attend the workshops.
Steven (Tīpene) Wilson
Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Tura, Ngāti Te Ngākau
Steven is owner and chief executive of Maximize Consultancy Ltd, a company that helps corporate and government organisations work productively with Māori. Steven formed and facilitated Māori focus groups to provide a Māori perspective for the Future of Pest Management Plan of Action and Biosecurity 2025. He also facilitated many of the hui and public meetings for Biosecurity 2025.
Steven is a qualified Resource Management Act hearings commissioner and has experience in a national management role. He is Tumuaki/Chair of Ngā Kaihautū Tikanga Taiao, the Environmental Protection Authority's statutory Māori advisory committee.
Steven has worked with Māori, businesses, central and local government, and other agencies across the resource and environmental management sector, and has been actively involved in a number of Māori and community trusts, boards and marae.
Deborah Roche joined MPI as the Deputy Director-General Policy in late February 2013. Before joining MPI, Deborah was seconded to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for 18 months, where she was the advisor on State Services, Better Public Services, Defence, and Sport and Recreation. She remains a member of the Officials Committee on Economic Growth and Infrastructure.
Deborah's previous roles included Deputy Director-General Strategy and Systems Performance at the Ministry of Health and Deputy Director Strategy at the Department of Health in the United Kingdom. She also ran the health and social care section of a leading UK think tank, guest lectured at the London School of Economics, and before this was a sports physiotherapist.
Andrew Robinson is reader and associate professor in applied statistics, and deputy director of the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Robinson spends much of his time thinking about biosecurity at national borders, including analysing inspection and interception data with statistical tools, designing and trialling inspection surveillance systems, developing ways to measure inspectorate performance, and discussing all of these subjects with interested parties.
Lou Sanson was appointed Director-General of the Department of Conservation (DOC) in September 2013, after 11 years as chief executive of Antarctica New Zealand – where he was responsible for New Zealand's activities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
DOC manages 8.5 million hectares of public land and 34 marine reserves, with responsibility for over 14,000km of tracks and 970 huts. These places are used by 48% of New Zealanders (about 1.6 million people) and around 30% of overseas visitors.
Prior to leading Antarctica New Zealand, Lou was conservator for the Southland Conservancy in charge of Fiordland National Park and Stewart Island. He led the establishment of Rakiura National Park, the Subantarctic World Heritage Area, one of the world's largest island pest eradication projects, and helped establish a network of marine reserves in Fiordland and Stewart Island.
Ruud Kleinpaste – The Bugman
Born in Indonesia and raised in the Netherlands, Ruud migrated to New Zealand in 1978 with an MSc (Hons).
He studied kiwi and worked as a scientist with the Ministry of Agriculture (now MPI) for 14 years, before tackling the world of media, communication and consultancy.
Ruud ('the Bugman') is a well-known media personality from programmes like Ruud's Awakening, Maggie's Garden Show, What Now? and various Animal Planet and Discovery Channel series. He is also a regular magazine columnist and author.
He has an Honorary Doctorate from Waikato University and is actively involved with many wildlife and nature trusts – championing biodiversity, biosecurity and environmental education projects.
Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr
For over 2 decades, Dr McKenzie-Mohr has been working to include behavior change science in the design and delivery of community programmes. He is the founder of community-based social marketing and the author of 3 books on the same topic. His book Fostering sustainable behavior: An introduction to community-based social marketing has been recommended by Time Magazine and has over 50,000 copies in print.
Dr McKenzie-Mohr has worked internationally, helping agencies identify barriers to behavior change and to use social marketing to overcome them. He was an advisor for Canada's public education programme on climate change, coordinator of the international organization "Holis: The Society for a Sustainable Future" and a member of Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.
Sir Ray Avery
Sir Ray Avery is a successful scientist, author, inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and start-up investor. He is an internationally recognised, and entertaining public speaker who challenges everyone to "dream big" and develop game-changing disruptive thinking strategies.
A founding member of the Auckland University School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology, and former technical director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals, Sir Ray has made a major contribution to New Zealand's pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
In 2003, Sir Ray founded Medicine Mondiale – an international network of scientists, technologists, and businesses who donate their time and knowledge to improve healthcare globally.
Among his many honours and awards, Sir Ray was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year in 2010 and won the Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award in 2011.
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, a role he has held since the position was established in 2009. He is internationally respected for his work promoting evidence in policy making and translating scientific knowledge into better social, economic and environmental outcomes.
He is founder and chair of both the APEC Economies' Chief Scientists' and Equivalents Network (CSAE) and the International Network of Government Science Advice (INGSA).
Sir Peter is the founding chair of the Small Advanced Economies Initiative (SAEI), was appointed chair of the WHO's Commission to End Childhood Obesity in 2015, and was founding director of the Liggins Institute.
A recipient of many honours and awards, Sir Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society (London) and the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain. He is also the author of over 700 scientific papers, reviews and books.
Dr Gary Fitt
Dr Gary Fitt is Deputy Director – Science with CSIRO's Health and Biosecurity Business Unit.
Dr Fitt had a successful 20-year career at the Australian Cotton Research Institute before becoming CEO of the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in 1999. He became the Deputy Chief of CSIRO Entomology in 2004, advancing to Director of the Biosecurity Flagship in 2012.
Dr Fitt has extensive research experience in agricultural sustainability with a focus on integrated pest management systems, particularly in transgenic cottons. His has expertise in the ecology, movements and resistance evolution of agricultural pests. Through the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit he also addresses the health challenges to Australians, agriculture, the environment and economy.
Dr Fitt has published more than 100 refereed publications and contributed to more than 20 books.
He is currently Chair of the Science Advisory Body of the OECD Cooperative Research Program in Sustainable Agriculture.
Dr Stephen Pawson
Dr Stephen Pawson enjoys bringing biology, technology and innovation together to help solve biosecurity challenges. He leads a large team of forest entomologists at Scion and is the science leader of an MBIE Programme to protect market access for wood exports. Steve has a long list of research specialities including forest insect ecology, biodiversity and phytosanitary treatment of forest products.
Currently, Steve's research centres on applying Bayesian networks to solve ecological problems, developing active pest surveillance tools, and most recently, applying citizen science and participatory networks to biosecurity.
Steve has played an active role in a number of societies, is trustee of NatureWatch NZ and developed the Biodiversity in Plantations portal for the New Zealand forest industry.
Jen Scoular is CEO of New Zealand Avocado – a role where she can put her international business experience to use. Jen is focused on driving transformation in the avocado industry, turning it into a sustainable $280 million industry by 2023. Under her leadership, industry value in the 2014-15 season nearly doubled.
Prior to her current role, Jen led the successful implementation of the first horticulture Primary Growth Partnership programme. Before that, she had a posting with the New Zealand Consul General and Trade Commissioner in Germany.
She's also active in the Bay of Plenty community, being a Tauranaga Trustee of the University of Waikato Foundation and Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving.
Lyn O'Connell is Deputy Secretary in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. She leads the biosecurity function including policy, compliance, service delivery, animal and plant technical advice, and the offices of the Australian Chief Vet and Chief Plant Protection Officer.
Lyn chairs the National Biosecurity Committee and the Business Transformation Committee for the Department. She was previously Deputy Secretary at the Department of Infrastructure and Transport, and held a number of senior executive positions in other government portfolios and the private sector.
Lyn has a Bachelor of Science, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. She was awarded a public service medal in 2014.
James Trevelyan is the managing director of Trevelyan's Pack and Cool. He trained and worked as a professional engineer before returning to the family business in 1990. James and his wife Vicki also own their own kiwifruit orchards.
Kiwifruit and avocado growers across the Bay of Plenty have relied on Trevelyan's for world-class packing and fruit storage facilities for nearly 40 years. The business has a reputation as a strong, independent, family-run business.
Like many other kiwifruit businesses in New Zealand, Trevelyan's has been affected by the devastating incursion of the bacterial kiwifruit disease Psa-V. The business has used a process of continuous improvement to see it through the tough years.
Outside work James enjoys mountain biking and has a medical file to match.
Find out more
- Check out our latest biosecurity video on YouTube
- Read more about Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement
- Find out more about the GIA
Who to contact
If you have questions about this event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.