From The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute
21 November, 2017
Key biosecurity sector interest group, the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute has welcomed the establishment of a stand-alone Ministry for Biosecurity.
Institute President, Darion Embling said his members are pleased to see the government treating biosecurity separately.
Previously responsibility for biosecurity lay with the Minister for Primary Industries.
"We see it as positive step because biosecurity involves far more than just the vital work of protecting primary industries.
"It also involves protecting native biodiversity which is critically in decline."
He said establishing the new ministry will ensure the return of the word "biosecurity" as a brand.
Mr Embling said the former "Biosecurity NZ" brand had become lost within the wider branding of what became the all-encompassing Ministry for Primary Industries.
He said it is also positive, that the new Minister for Biosecurity is also the Minister for Agriculture.
"That's good news too, because practical biosecurity starts at the farm gate.
"Farmers want to protect their own business and assets, so their livelihoods are dependent on strong biosecurity."
Mr Embling said he would like the single word "biosecurity" to be as common a catch-cry for all New Zealanders as the phrase "location, location, location".
The NZ Biosecurity Institute is the professional training and networking organisation for people involved in all aspects of biosecurity including pest animal and plant management, and border control. Its members work for research organisations, educational institutions, regional councils and government departments. All are involved in protecting NZ from invasive species.
Mr Embling said every year Institute members spend hundreds of hours controlling or managing the risks to the economy and the environment of the effects of introduced pests.
"This is work which costs the country hundreds of millions of dollars each year through control, research and border control budgets. This money is coming out of all New Zealanders' pockets," he said.
NOTE FOR EDITORS
For more information please contact: Darion Embling: (07) 859 0790 | 021 605 029 Media enquiries please contact: Chris Macann, Editor, Protect Magazine - The Magazine of the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute, phone 03 34 99 660 | 021 878 001