Post-entry quarantine helps make sure only healthy plants come to NZ
Some plant seeds and nursery stock coming into New Zealand are quarantined to make sure only healthy plants are released. Plants are inspected and tested at a post-entry quarantine (PEQ) facility.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is the only provider of Level 3B space in the country. The new PEQ facility will double MPI's current capacity for processing imports. The new PEQ greenhouses will provide additional space to meet the increase in plant germplasm imports requiring quarantine.
The new facility will add to the existing Level 3B space at our Auckland Plant Health and Environment Laboratory (PHEL). It's being built next to the site of the planned new PHEL space at the Mount Albert Research Centre.
Timeline of the new PEQ
March 2022: Construction started.
April 2023: Expected completion date.
The PEQ booking system
Consultation on a new booking policy for PEQ space will take place during 2022. The booking system is expected to re-open in late 2022.
What the facility will look like
Who to contact
If you have questions about our new PEQ facility, email PH&EC@mpi.govt.nz