Biosecurity Week is coming up! To be held 21 – 25 November, the awareness week will be kicking off with a public event on Monday 21 November at the Port of Tauranga in Mount Maunganui.
The public day is on from 1pm to 3pm where there will be competitions, giveaways and games; plus, see the biosecurity beagle dog demonstration and chat to biosecurity experts.
Throughout the week, industry partners will also visit post-harvest and transitional facilities, as well as activities held for port personnel, providing collateral and education surrounding biosecurity.
The public are at the front line of reporting any pests that may slip past the border on cargo, sea containers, vehicles or equipment moving off the port. For residents that live adjacent to an international port, like those in Mt Maunganui, reporting unfamiliar insects or suspicious looking pests will help protect our recreation and environment, as well as the future of kiwifruit, avocado and forestry sectors.
Biosecurity Week is part of the 'Biosecurity Excellence Partnership' between Port of Tauranga, Ministry for Primary Industries, Kiwifruit Vine Health, NZ Avocado, Forest Owners Association, Dairy NZ, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Customs NZ.