Kia ora and hello from the Executive

The Executive would like to thank the organising committee and Carolyn Lewis for a most memorable and successful NETS 2013 held from July 31 to August 2nd.

An outstanding start on the TranzAlpine train set the scene for a great few days of sharing information and technology. Shanty Town provided a unique location for the conference and gave many of us an opportunity to learn of the history of the West Coast and the very hardy souls who have lived and worked in this rugged and often unforgiving location.

I would like to thank Pedro Jensen for all his work during his role as President. The Executive is made up of a great group of Biosecurity representatives and I would like to thank you all for your hard work. As your incoming President I would like to thank you for your support and I look forward to the challenges which lay ahead of us especially with ensuring we keep the Biosecurity brand at the forefront of people's minds.

The Archives project is continuing to develop with Chris Macann as our Archive Co-ordinator and the Lotteries Grant secured earlier in the year to help fund this project. The Executive are looking forward to updating you of progress on this project which will secure NZBI history in one location for all to access NETS 2014 has been confirmed for Taranaki, this will come around very quickly if the past few months are anything to go by. Please support the organising committee when they ask for sponsorship and speakers. Your input will be greatly received.

Finally, our next Executive meeting will be held in October and in an effort to keep travel costs down we are having a teleconference, with a face to face meeting in the New Year.

Rebecca Kemp