Awards

Introduction

The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute offers two annual grants from a total funding pool of $3000. The two grants comprise of a Travel Award and a Study Award. In years where applications fail to meet the standards expected by the Institute, the awards may not be issued. Applications for the Study and Travel Awards close on 31st October each year.

Study Awards
Travel Awards
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There are also three prizes presented at the annual NETS conference, the Peter Nelson Trophy, the Peter Ingram Award and the Dave Galloway Award. For information on these prizes and how to nominate people for the prizes see below.

Peter Nelson Memorial Trophy

 The Peter Nelson Memorial Trophy is awarded annually (by the NZ Biosecurity Institute) to individuals or organisations, for achievement in Vertebrate Pest Management within New Zealand. (Established by the minutes of the Special General Meeting of VPMINZ, 27 August 2005)

 The trophy is a carved kokako standing on a limb above the skulls of small predatory mammals - a rat, a possum and a stoat. The trophy was designed and made by Mr Ray Weaver.

Term

The recipient of the trophy will hold the trophy for 12 months after which it will be transferred to a new recipient.  Recipient's names and the year awarded will be engraved on the trophy at cost to the NZBI.

Recipients

A recipient may be any individual or organisation within New Zealand and does not have to be affiliated to NZBI in any way.

Nominations and Deadline

Nominations for the 2014  award close on  10  June 2014. Nominations should be directed to Alastair Fairweather ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and be accompanied by a brief background and justification for the nomination. 

Selection Panel

The NZBI Executive will appoint a selection panel of at least three, and no more than 6 persons, who will be NZBI members with experience in vertebrate pest management and ecological restoration work.

Further Information on Nominees

The selection panel may request additional information to support the case for a nomination. 

Selection Panel Decision

The Executive and members of the NZBI shall accept the decision of the selection panel as to whom the trophy shall be awarded as final and non-negotiable. 

Presentation

The award will be presented at the NZBI annual conference (NETS) each year, and if possible, to the recipient or the recipient's representative, who will be invited to be present.  The NZBI Executive will select an appropriate person to present the award. 

Further Information

All queries regarding the Peter Nelson Memorial Trophy should be directed to:

Alastair Fairweather
C/- Department of Conservation
Private Bag 3072
HAMILTON 3240
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Previous Winners

Year

Recipient

2007 Wellington

 Deidrik Meenken

2008 Hamilton

 Bruce Warburton

2009 Queenstown

 Ray Clarey

2010 Blenheim 

 Bill Simmons

2011 Auckland

 Alby Osborne

2012 Taupo

 Keith Broome

2013

 Norhtland Regional Council

 


 

Peter Ingram Award

Peter Ingram was the pest plant coordinator at Environment Bay of Plenty when he died in August, 2001, not long before his 61st birthday.

Pete had been a 50/50 sharemilker and a transport foreman for a Wairarapa dairy company before joining the Tauranga County Council as a trainee Noxious Plants Officer in 1982.

As required, Pete passed his pesticide board exams and Certificate of Proficiency in Noxious Plants Control. He then went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies from Massey University.

Peter Ingram had a passion for learning, shared his knowledge and discussed ideas and theories. He was especially encouraging of his team at Environment Bay of Plenty to further their education, apply for study awards and take advantage of learning opportunities.

Pete was a past president of the Institute of Noxious Plants Officers.

The Peter Ingram Award is given to a member of the Biosecurity Institute who has successfully undertaken or enabled others to achieve, relevant to pest plant education, control or management.

Nominations are called in the month prior to the National Education and Training Seminar and awarded at the annual conference. The Peter Ingram Award was provided by his colleagues at Environment Bay of Plenty in 2003.

Please send your nomination to Alice McNatty, NZBI secretary. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to vi.

Nominations close on the 30th June.

Previous Winners

Year

Recipient

2004 Rotorua

Margaret Stanley

2005 Christchurch

Wendy Mead

2006 Paihia

Jon Sullivan

2007 Wellington

Paul Champion

2008 Hamilton

Carolyn Lewis and Lynley Hayes

2009 Queenstown

 David Moverley

2010 Blenheim 

 John Mather

2011 Auckland

 Ian Popay

2012 Taupo

 Peter Joynt (posthumous)

2013 Greymouth

 Trevor James

 


Dave Galloway Innovation Award


The Dave Galloway Innovation Award is a new award that is named in memory of Life Member Dave Galloway who passed away in January 2016. The Dave Galloway Innovation Award is designed to recognise innovation in biosecurity. It will encompass work carried out with both vertebrates and invertebrates, terrestrial and aquatic. This award can be presented to an individual, group or organisation.


Please send your nomination to Alice McNatty ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Nominations should be accompanied by a brief background and justification for the nomination.


Nominations close on the 30th June.


Study Awards

Purpose statement

The purpose of the award is to provide funds to assist with an individual's research to improve knowledge in the field of biosecurity.

Eligibility and Conditions

The study award, to a maximum of $2,000, is restricted to New Zealand citizens or residents of New Zealand and studying a discipline related to biosecurity.
Evidence of employment and/or of registration with a recognised university or other tertiary training provider is required.
Where the applicant is currently in employment, preference will be given to applicants who have their employer's approval for the research.

A written report on the research is to be submitted to the Institute within six months of the work being completed. Where the award contributed to long-term work, annual progress reports are to be submitted.

The Institute expects the recipient to make a short presentation on the research at the annual National Education and Training Seminar. Registration, travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the Institute.

The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute may withhold payment until the presentation of final confirmation that the study or research project is to proceed. A letter of intent to make the payment will be issued on the successful granting of the award.

Tenure

The award is a single payment, for one 12 month period, awarded annually.

Applications

All applications shall be made using the Online Application Form provided or by emailing the Awards Co-ordinator. Extra pages may be included, but ensure all parts of the form are filled out.

The applications shall be accompanied by: (a) The names and contact details of two referees. (b) A statement explaining the relevance of the candidate's proposed study. (c) Any other evidence that the candidate judges relevant to the application.
Applications will be accepted from 01 August to the closing date of 31 October each year. 

Assessment Criteria

In making an award the Selection Committee will take into consideration:

  • The value of the proposed research to furthering New Zealand's biosecurity interests
  • The practical relevance of the proposed research to the aims of the NZ Biosecurity Institute
  • The quality of the individuals application
  • The personal qualities of the applicant
  • Referees comments

A member of the Selection Committee may contact the applicant for additional information.

Previous Recipients of Travel and Professional Develoment Awards

 

Year

Recipient/s

2001

W Baker

2003 C Budenhagen

2005

B Minehan

2008

D Galloway

2009

K Westfall and M Urlich

2010

J Barton and A Mc Donald

2011

S Wilkens and J Underwood

2012

C Lewis and H Laas

2013

N Gallagher

 



Travel Award

Purpose statement

The purpose of the award is to provide a member of the NZBI with funds to assist with travel expenses where that member is undertaking travel to further his or her knowledge in the field of biosecurity.

Eligibility and Conditions

The travel award to the value of $2,000 is restricted to currently paid up members of the NZBI. Preference will be given to applicants who have been continuously paid up members for more than 1 year.
Where the applicant is currently in employment, preference may be given to applicants who have their employer's approval for the travel.
The proposed travel is to be undertaken within 12 months of the award being granted.
A written report on the travel is to be submitted to the NZBI within 6 months of the travel being completed.

The NZBI requires the recipient to make a short presentation on the trip at its annual National Education and Training Seminar. Registration, travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the NZBI to enable the recipient to attend this event.

The NZBI may withhold payment until the presentation of final confirmation of the travel. A letter of intent to make the payment will be issued on the successful granting of the award.

Tenure

The award is a single payment, for one 12 month period, awarded annually.


Applications

All applications shall be made using the Online Application Form or by emailing the the Awards Co-ordinator. Extra pages may be included, but ensure all parts of the form are filled out.

The applications shall be accompanied by:
(a) The names and contact details of two referees.
(b) A statement explaining the relevance of the candidate's proposed trip.
(c) Any other evidence that the candidate judges relevant to the application.

Applications for up to $2,000 will be accepted from 01 August to the closing date of 31 October each year. Applications for a discretionary amount of a further $2,000 will be accepted outside this period with a deadline of the 30th April.

Assessment Criteria

In making an award the selection committee will take into consideration:

  • The value of the proposed trip to furthering New Zealand's biosecurity interests
  • The practical relevance of the proposed trip to the aims of the NZBI
  • The individual's work history in the biosecurity field
  • The quality of the individual's application
  • The personal qualities of the applicant
  • Referees' comments
  • A member of the selection committee may contact the applicant for additional information.

Selection

The selection committee for each award will be comprised of three members of the Executive of the NZ Biosecurity Institute. The decision of the Committee shall be final and is not subject to appeal or review.

The Decision

All applicants will be notified of the decision of the Committee within 30 days of applications closing, or, for the discretionary amount, within 30 days of the application being received. The award funds will be made available to the successful applicant(s) after January 1st of the following year, or, for the discretionary amount, at a time agreed by the executive of the NZBI.

Further Information

Any queries regarding this study and travel award process should be directed to the Awards Co-ordinator:
Dr Alistair Fairweather
c/- Department of Conservation
Private Bag 3072
HAMILTON 3240
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