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New Zealand is fortunate to be free of many of the damaging pests, pathogens and weeds that growers in other countries have to manage.

A multi-layered biosecurity system spans pre-border, the border and post-border.  The system is in place to stop pests and diseases arriving but deal with them if they do enter the country.

The Biosecurity Act 1993 provides the legal framework for our biosecurity system.

 

Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility

New Zealand’s biosecurity system is a collaborative effort and every New Zealander has a role to play. 

Some of the key players involved in biosecurity in New Zealand are:

  • Biosecurity New Zealand (Ministry for Primary Industries - MPI) is the lead government agency for biosecurity, and the agency that administers the Biosecurity Act 1993.
  • Industry organisations play a role in managing biosecurity threats that affect their members.
  • Growers implement on farm/orchard biosecurity practices to minimise the risk of spreading unwanted pests, diseases and weeds.
  • Regional councils play a major part in pest management within their regions.
  • Iwi and community groups may work with MPI to manage or eradicate harmful organisms that are of concern to them.
  • The public keeps an eye out for anything unusual and reporting suspect new organisms.

About GIA and HortNZ's role

Detecting new incursions early increases the chance of eradication.

If you see a suspected exotic pest or disease, or anything unusual, call the MPI exotic pest and disease hotline on 0800 80 99 66 to report it.

Click here for MPI's reporting info

Use the Find a Pest app

The Government Industry Agreement (GIA) is a partnership between industry groups and the Government to better manage pests and diseases that could cause harm in New Zealand.

Once an industry organisation has signed the GIA deed, it becomes a signatory and has a say in how biosecurity risks that may affect their industry are managed.

Signatories share decision-making about how to prepare for and respond to biosecurity threats.  They also share the costs of the agreed readiness and response activities. HortNZ is a GIA signatory on behalf of Process Vegetables New Zealand.

HortNZ’s biosecurity function's objective is to achieve better pan-industry biosecurity outcomes for the benefit of all growers. 

Focus areas include regulation, policy, research, technical capability and advocacy.

HortNZ supports and works closely with industry bodies that lead biosecurity for their growers.

See the HortNZ pan-industry biosecurity strategy for more info