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12 February, 1998
The Ministry of Agriculture has announced that the New Zealand Animal Health Reference Laboratory and Exotic Disease Response Centre will be located on the AgResearch campus at Wallaceville, near Upper Hutt.
Consideration was given to locating the new facilities either at Wallaceville or on the Hort Research campus at the Fitzherbert Science Centre, Palmerston North, or at Massey University in conjunction with the Institute of Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Sciences.
Location at Wallaceville was preferred for the following reasons:
It is expected that, in line with what appears to be a worldwide trend, New Zealand will face more threats to its biosecurity from previously unknown pests and diseases.
Developments in areas of electronic communication, and all aspects of information technology, provide the new laboratory with effective and cost efficient means to access specialists at the most appropriate institution within New Zealand or overseas.
As well as tapping expertise in veterinary science, significant contributions can also be expected from specialists in a wider range of biotechnological, medical, biological and agricultural sciences.
Media inquiries to:
Hugh Davies, Acting General Manager, New Zealand Animal Health Reference Laboratory and Exotic Disease Response Centre, (04) 470 0114
Dr Barry O'Neil, Chief Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Agriculture (021) 470 582