New Zealand Biosecurity Awards
MPI wants all New Zealanders to be a part of New Zealand's biosecurity network. Learn about how the NZ Biosecurity Awards recognise work in that area – check out the 2017 winners.
MPI is working to grow New Zealand's biosecurity team to 4.7 million people – and the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards recognise work towards that goal. They celebrate individuals, communities and organisations who've made a positive difference to New Zealand's biosecurity.
The 2017 winners were announced on 2 August 2017 at an awards ceremony at Parliament, Wellington. The number of entries far surpassed our expectations, and have been a great example of how everyone can be part of a biosecurity team of 4.7 million.
MPI congratulates this year's winners, and all who entered.
Get involved in 2018
If you're taking action to protect New Zealand and would like to take part in the 2018 awards, we expect entries will open in July 2018.
Winners of the 2017 awards
We gave awards in 6 categories (including 'Highly Commended' certificates to 5 entrants):
- Community Award
- Industry Award
- Government Award
- Māori Award
- Supreme Award
- the Minister's Biosecurity Award.
Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust – The Wildside Project
The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust has been successfully running predator control programmes for over 30 years. Most of the support comes from land owners and the wider community.
Motutapu Restoration Trust
Port of Tauranga Limited – Biosecurity Excellence
The Port of Tauranga has built a port community that’s committed to biosecurity excellence. Their aim – to have no biosecurity incursions coming through the port of Tauranga. Their programme is a partnership with industry and government.
New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated (NZPPI)
Department of Conservation – The Great White Butterfly Eradication Project
The Department of Conservation eliminated a pest butterfly from New Zealand. This is the first time anywhere in the world that an unwanted butterfly population has been eradicated.
- Northland Regional Council – Marine Biosecurity Programme
- Top of the South (TOS) Marine Biosecurity Project
There were some fantastic entries within this category, so the judges decided to award 2 certificates.
Te Tira Whakamātaki - Māori Biosecurity Network
The Māori Biosecurity Network was established in 2015 to look at how Māori knowledge, interests, and values can be embedded in New Zealand’s biosecurity system.
The Karioi Project, Te Whaanga 2B3B2 and 2B1 Ahu Whenua Trust (AWT)
Department of Conservation - The Great White Butterfly Eradication Project
One of the winners from the 4 main categories also won the Supreme Award, which recognises their level of success and determination.
The Great White Butterfly Eradication Project took place over 4 years, and successfully removed a pest butterfly from New Zealand. It was the first eradication in the world of an unwanted butterfly population. By December 2014, the pest was no longer detected in New Zealand. After a surveillance period, MPI declared the operation successful in 2016.
Quote from Minister Hon Nathan Guy:
"I was especially pleased to see The Great White Butterfly Project take home the Supreme Award, chosen from the 4 category winners. The contribution from the local community is testament to the success of the project and an excellent example of how communities and organisations can become part of our biosecurity team of 4.7 million."
Don McKenzie (Northland Regional Council)
This award is given to an individual who’s made at least 10 years of continuous, outstanding contribution to biosecurity in New Zealand. Don McKenzie, from the Northland Regional Council, has worked for over 20 years to improve biosecurity in Northland.
Quote from Minister Hon Nathan Guy:
“It was my pleasure to hand over the Minister’s Biosecurity Award, that recognises an individual who has made at least 10 years of continuous outstanding contribution to biosecurity in New Zealand, to Don McKenzie from Northland Regional Council. Don is a leader in regional biosecurity who has worked tirelessly for over 2 decades for better biosecurity in Northland, delivering some world leading programmes.”
There are photos from the ceremony of the winning teams and prizegivers.
Our awards brochure has more information on the winners and their work.
Download the NZ Biosecurity Awards 2017 brochure [PDF, 2.8 MB]
Find out more
- Biosecurity 2025
- A biosecurity team of 4.7 million
- Biosecurity heroes recognised at Parliament - Beehive NZ website
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