NZ BIOSECURITY MONTH.
- Biosecurity protects the health and future of New Zealand – our environment, our economy, our people – from invasive pests.
- All New Zealanders have a role to play in keeping our country safe from pests.
- Biosecurity protects the natural identity of our country.
In many people’s minds the word biosecurity conjures up images of ‘Border Patrol’ and beagles sniffing out undeclared fruit and vegetables from the luggage of international arrivals. However, biosecurity is more than simply keeping unwanted organisms out of the country. Many are already here - you may be harbouring invasive pests in your very own back yard without even knowing it.
The grim reality is that due to being geographically isolated in the South Pacific, New Zealand’s natural identity is particularly vulnerable to being ravaged by exotic pests. We all know how unique New Zealand is; that’s why it’s so important that everyone takes an interest in biosecurity and understands how important it is to our livelihoods and lifestyles.
Biosecurity protects the health and future of New Zealand – our environment, our economy, our people – from invasive pests. The New Zealand Biosecurity Institute is therefore declaring July 2010 to be the first ever New Zealand Biosecurity Month in order to highlight the fact that all New Zealanders have a role to play in keeping our country safe from pests.
So what can I do?
· Visit your local regional council website to find out which pests are problems in your area.
· Learn how to recognise the pests that are invading your part of the country and keep your eyes out for them.
· Know who and where to report any sightings.
· Visit the websites below to find out more about the variety of organisations that are working to safeguard New Zealand from the impacts of invasive species.