On this page
From October 2022, we are seeking feedback on a refreshed biosecurity system strategic framework. A new framework will ensure Aotearoa New Zealand continues to achieve our biosecurity outcomes and aspirations. We want to build on the approach we took with Biosecurity 2025. This will help us deliver a more resilient biosecurity system.
New Zealand places significant importance on biosecurity. It helps us to protect our native flora and fauna, our culture, our livelihoods, our marine environment, and our health. Our national system is greater than the sum of its individual parts. It's a multi-layered, interconnected network of people, infrastructure and technology, processes, and regulatory activities.
We all have a valuable role to play in supporting our biosecurity. The intent is that this national strategic framework will help us to work together more effectively.
While our biosecurity system has served us well, the threats we face are growing in scale and complexity. Risk pathways are changing, as is the climate, and there is pressure from established pests. In this complex environment, a shared view on strategic direction and a mechanism to determine strategic priorities becomes even more important.
It is timely to review the Biosecurity 2025 strategy for our biosecurity system. There is a high level of enthusiasm for a refresh amongst stakeholders and Treaty of Waitangi partners.
What we have done so far
- In 2021, Biosecurity New Zealand looked at the strategy for the biosecurity system to identify any gaps.
- We established a think tank group – the Biosecurity System Strategy Working Group (BSWG). The group is a non-representative group of knowledgeable people from across the biosecurity system – to develop and test ideas for a refreshed strategy.
- We reviewed previous strategies and their deliverables, such as Biosecurity 2025 and the 2003 biosecurity strategy.
- We undertook an analysis to ensure that key aspects from previous system strategies were retained and updated to fit the current state.
We have created the framework and now we want feedback from everyone across the biosecurity system.
This framework will:
- inform the overall strategic direction for biosecurity in New Zealand
- help us to work more effectively across the system with our multiple partners and stakeholders
- provide a shared platform to advance more detailed roadmap development.
It sets out a new vision and mission for the biosecurity system and identifies 6 key strategic priority areas (pou) for the system to operate more effectively. The strategy needs a focus on implementation if it is to be both successful and measurable.
We are interested in your thoughts as to how the framework could be implemented. One option could be to create a separate organisation that would be responsible for measuring progress and ensuring engagement across the system.
We've also prepared a one-page summary of the draft framework.
One-page summary [PDF, 240 KB]
From October 2022, we're seeking your feedback on this strategic framework. We will consolidate feedback received over the next few months and plan to formally consult on the strategy framework in early 2023. We're planning to finalise and release the strategy framework mid to late 2023.