Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor has announced the opening of nominations for New Zealand Biosecurity Awards, to celebrate the people who help to keep New Zealand’s flora, fauna and vital primary sectors.
His remarks can be viewed and heard HERE.
The awards were launched last year with six categories. Three new categories have been added this year – Emerging Leader, Innovation and Science awards.
Entrants might be innovators, scientists, communities, or leaders – anyone who has taken an active interest in the continuous improvement of New Zealand’s biosecurity system, Mr O’Connor said.
“The awards are a way to thank and shine a light on people and organisations who are protecting Aotearoa – in our communities, businesses, science organisations, iwi and hapū, and central and local government.
“Biosecurity is our number one challenge because it is critical to our economic base and way of life. Recent reports show that only 2 per cent of Kiwis feel a biosecurity breach would affect their lives – I think this level of awareness is changing and there’s a growing understanding that every New Zealander has personal responsibility for ensuring we maintain a resilient and strong biosecurity system.”
Finalists will be announced on Friday 12 October and winners named on Monday 12 November at an awards dinner in Auckland.
Entries are open until 31 August.
The award categories are:
- New Zealand Biosecurity Community Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Industry Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Science Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Emerging Leader Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Māori Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Local and Central Government Award
- New Zealand Biosecurity Innovation Award
- Minister’s Biosecurity Award
You can find out more HERE.
Source: Minister of Biosecurity