Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement

The Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement provides the direction New Zealand's biosecurity system needs to take over the next 10 years to make it more resilient and future-focused. Find out about the Direction Statement and its implementation.

About the Direction Statement

All New Zealanders need to play their part so that the biosecurity system can remain resilient. Our lifestyles, our livelihoods, our economy and our unique environment depend on it.

The Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement belongs to all New Zealanders and guides New Zealand's biosecurity system through to 2025 and beyond. It includes:

  • a mission for biosecurity
  • principles – to guide the way we will work
  • strategic directions – the main priority areas for action and improvement
  • targets for 2025
  • initial actions – as a starting point for implementation.

Five strategic directions


A biosecurity team of 4.7 million icon

A biosecurity team of 4.7 million – A collective effort across the country – every New Zealander becomes a biosecurity risk manager and every business manages their own biosecurity risk.


A toolbox for tomorrow icon

A toolbox for tomorrow – Harnessing science and technology to transform the way we do biosecurity. 


Smart, free-flowing information icon

Smart, free-flowing information – Tapping into the wealth of data available, building intelligence, and using powerful data analysis to underpin risk management.


Effective leadership and governance icon

Effective leadership and governance – System-wide leadership and inclusive governance to support all system participants in their roles.


Tomorrow's skills and assets icon

Tomorrow's skills and assets – A capable and sustainable workforce and world-class infrastructure provides the foundation for an effective system.


Download the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement [PDF, 5.1 MB]

Groups to plan implementation

Over 80 system leaders and 60 organisations were involved in planning how to implement the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement.

Working groups

Five working groups – one for each strategic direction - developed a work plan to inform the development of the Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan will provide guidance and specific actions through to 2025 and beyond.

Video – the importance of biosecurity

[Upbeat music]

Ruud Kleinpaste, "Bugman": New Zealand is the bread basket of the world and we can grow anything. We can do it cheaply because we've got relatively few pests, few diseases. We've been isolated all this time; we're in the perfect condition to grow the best stuff. Any threat that is undermining this ability of ours to do this – [makes a cutting sound as he draws his hand across his throat] Got to get out. Can't get in.

Graeme Marshall, Chair, Biosecurity Ministerial Advisory Committee: One small incursion, one hint of something going wrong with biosecurity in New Zealand, and our reputation can be severely dented.

Janine Mayes, Chief Quarantine Officer, Border Clearance Services, MPI: Our income relies on us being able to export our primary industries. So if we don't have that any more, your lovely lifestyle will be reduced.

Kimberley Sell, Detector Dog Handler, Border Clearance Services, MPI: Talking to kids about biosecurity and why it's important for a small country like New Zealand to have biosecurity measures in place.

Alan Kirkpatrick, Rail and Road Services Supervisor, Port of Tauranga: It's for your exporters, it's for your importers, it's for your forest and bird people, it's for your farmers. It's basically for everyone. So it's just about being a good New Zealander. Every part of commerce can be affected.

Nadine Tunley, Chair, Pipfruit New Zealand: We're a 700 mil – coming up to 700 million dollar industry. All of the jobs that rely, through the packhouses, into the orchards, they're all the people that suffer.

Philip Hulme, Professor of plant biosecurity, Lincoln University: There's probably nowhere else in the world that takes it so seriously as New Zealand. We are entirely dependent on good agriculture production, and also on protecting our natural environment for tourism.

Bruce Wills, sheep and beef farmer, Northern Hawke's Bay: Very serious consequences if we don't get this right.

John Jones: Senior Quarantine Officer, Border Clearance Services, MPI: There are new problems evolving all the time; there's an insect called a [brown] marmorated stink bug.

Bruce Wills: Foot and mouth, heaven forbid.

Richard Calvert, National Biosecurity Capability Coordinator, AsureQuality: No one organisation can actually deliver what's going to be required in the worst case scenario. It's all about that New Zealand Inc if you know what I mean

Bruce Wills: We can't expect MPI to manage this. This is the special responsibility for all of us.

Barry O'Neil, Chief Executive, Kiwifruit Vine Health: We're learning off each other as to what we can and should do going forward. We've got skin in the game and we're committing to working to improve biosecurity.

Nadine Tunley: Every day New Zealanders should get involved in the importance of biosecurity because that's part of the learning.

Danielle King, Senior Quarantine Officer, Border Clearance Services, MPI: And that it's not just us, but it's a responsibility for all New Zealanders.

Barry O'Neil: If we don't participate and agree what needs to be done going forward, we can't then just throw rocks and complain that not enough is being done. So to me this is the opportunity for us to collectively agree what we want from our biosecurity system. And then we can look at, well how can we achieve that together.

Graeme Marshall: The Biosecurity Direction Statement will be at that high level. But it’s about the actions that are taken as a result of that that are going to make the difference and that's where those partnerships, the collaboration, the togetherness is going to make the difference. And that's where industry need to be involved, be part of the conversation and step forward.

Ruud Kleinpaste: It's not just MPI's domain to look after biosecurity. There's DoC, the Ministry for the Environment, and don't forget the Regional Councils, the landowners, Māori, Iwi - everybody is part of this. This is a big picture for New Zealand; we've got to be on board with that, surely?

[Upbeat music.]

The Ministry for Primary Industries thanks Christchurch Airport, Port of Tauranga and everyone who has helped in the Biosecurity 2025 initiative.

[End transcript]

Five work plans

The work plans set out each working group's view of what success would look like if the goals and outcomes are met, and the actions needed to deliver them.

These plans are an important base from which the implementation plan will be developed.

The plan reflects the breadth and complexity of the system, and includes the perspectives of Māori, scientists, industry and business, NGOs, local government and central government, universities, Crown Research Institutes, and many others.

Proposed actions for the first 2 years

The working groups identified proposed actions to start over the first 2 years. These actions are subject to available resources, and identification of project leads and sponsors.

Get the latest news

Get updates on the Biosecurity 2025 programme of work by signing up to the Biosecurity 2025 newsletter. This collaboratively developed newsletter features stories about everyday people, businesses, organisations and government taking action.

Join the Biosecurity Communication Network

Join this group of communicators working together to strategically position Biosecurity 2025 with stakeholders across the system. 

If your role includes communications, we encourage you to join the network. Email us with your details and invite other communicators, that you think should be involved, to join.

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Biosecurity 2025 Direction Statement, email

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