Award for Tireless Pest Control

Bay of Plenty biosecurity officer Alby Osborne, 62, is the 2011 recipient of the Peter Nelson Memorial Trophy, which was awarded to him at last week's NZBI NETS annual conference in Auckland.

Mr Osborne, who works out of the regional council's Mount Maunganui office, said he was "absolutely gobsmacked" when he was called up to the receive the award. He was asked to go to the seminar dinner under the guise that he was replacing someone else unable to attend.

"My goodness, I did not know my colleagues could tell so many lies to get me to there, and they only gave me 24 hours' notice ...it's a huge honour."

Read more from the article in Bay of Plenty Times by Sandra Conchie, 19th July 2011.