Biosecurity Awards celebrate the champions protecting New Zealand

The 2020 Biosecurity Award finalists named today represent outstanding contributions by biosecurity champions making a difference to protect New Zealand’s unique environment from pests and diseases, says the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The 27 finalists named out of a pool of 70 entries include a kindergarten where its pupils are learning to become guardians of the bush, and volunteers who commit their weekends to cleaning up their local river.

This year has seen more Kiwi kids taking part with the addition of the Kura (School) Award.

Judging panel chairman Dr John Hellstrom says the efforts of all of the high-calibre entrants – both individuals and organisations who devote their time and passion into protecting what we have – were outstanding. Continue reading

Biosecurity Award finalists stepping up to protect New Zealand

The Biosecurity Award finalists announced today reflect the diversity and shared commitment of those working to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases.

Judging Panel Chair Dr John Hellstrom says the 25 finalists represent an impressively diverse range of individuals, teams, businesses, government agencies, research organisations, iwi, schools and community groups this year.

“They are often volunteers working in isolated places, with few resources, and trying to do something that hasn’t been done before. Working quietly with little visibility or recognition, they are often fuelled by a few small wins and many big challenges,” he says.   Continue reading