Entries are open for this year's Biosecurity Awards, which honour diverse efforts and achievements to protect Aotearoa’s ecosystem.
Over the years, Biosecurity New Zealand has received all kinds of entries - from a dairy company that established a Farming Excellence Programme for biosecurity, to a group of young volunteers stamping out catfish.
"It takes all of us to protect what we've got. Over the past few years, through these awards, we have learnt about the incredible and innovative ways New Zealanders contribute to protecting our biosecurity system," says head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Penny Nelson.
Entries are open to all organisations, volunteers, businesses, iwi, hapū, government, and tamariki around the country, who contribute to biosecurity, in our bush, our oceans and waterways, and in our backyards.
"Sometimes people don't realise the work that they are doing is helping to protect Aotearoa but every little bit helps," says Ms Nelson.
”Safeguarding our taonga and ensuring New Zealand's biosecurity system remains resilient, effective and world-leading is everyone's responsibility. We want to celebrate the people who do it, day in and day out.”
The Award categories are:
• Community Award
• Māori Award
• Industry Award
• Kura (School) Award
• Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award
• Bioprotection Aotearoa Science Award
• Mondiale VGL Innovation Award
• AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award (open to nominations)
• Minister’s Biosecurity Award (open to nominations)
• New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme award
All category winners are eligible for the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award.
Entries close on 31 July. To find out more about the Awards and enter, visit This is Us