Biosecurity New Zealand Forum 2018

Details on the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum held in Auckland on 12 to 13 November 2018.

About the forum

Biosecurity New Zealand and its forum partners, the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) and the Department of Conservation, held the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum in Auckland on 12 to 13 November 2018.

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

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.

Exploring different approaches to biosecurity

The 2018 forum theme was 'Biosecurity: Partnering to Protect'. We explored the many different approaches to and motivations for biosecurity.

Plenary sessions over the first day explored:

  • 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 also heard from industry leaders on future global impacts.

On day 2 we launched the implementation plan for Biosecurity 2025 and took a deeper dive into the issues through a series of workshop sessions. 

The programme

The NZ Biosecurity Awards dinner

We also celebrated the finalists and award winners of the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards at a dinner on 12 November 2018.

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. 

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Who to contact

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

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