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Thursday 10 February 2005
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has appointed a new general manager
for its quarantine service.
Ken Harris will take up the role of General Manager, MAF Quarantine Service
in May. He comes to MAF from the position of Group GM and Executive Director of
NZL Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the P&O Group, comprising businesses in
transport, stevedoring and logistics.
Mr Harris's previous roles at senior executive level include Managing
Director of Centreport Ltd, Chief Executive of Port Nelson Ltd and General
Manager, Coastal Tankers Ltd.
His academic qualifications include an MBA and MBS from Massey. He has also
completed the AMP programme at Insead University in France.
Media contact: MAF Communications Director Brett Sangster on (04) 9882 or
Background on the MAF Quarantine Service
The MAF Quarantine Service (MQS) is
New Zealand's first line of defence against invasion by pests and diseases that
could devastate the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors. It
comprises approximately 600 officers, stationed primarily at ports and airports
throughout New Zealand. A small number of MQS personnel are also stationed
abroad, undertaking pre-clearance checks on vehicles, fresh fruit and other
products bound for New Zealand.
MQS has an annual operating budget of around $46 million, about 60% of which
is funded via Government appropriations. The remainder is obtained through cost