Joining forces to tackle unwanted pests and diseases
Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Biosecurity New Zealand to build regional capability in preparation for any future biosecurity incursions.
TMBC will identify skills and expertise across its network – which includes KVH and many others from the kiwifruit industry - and then work with Biosecurity New Zealand and other partners to train and prepare champions across the region who can participate and support a biosecurity response, should an unwanted pest or disease reach our shores.
TMBC’s Co-Chair and KVH Board member Graeme Marshall says it’s a significant move forward in recognising TMBC’s collective commitment towards achieving the best outcomes for biosecurity and the positive impact
of collaborating to support New Zealand’s biosecurity system.
"COVID-19 demonstrated clearly that if we have a robust plan and people who are capable of implementing that plan, then the response is likely to be far more effective. That’s what this is about – strengthening our local awareness and preparedness to minimise risks and limit potential damage from pests and diseases."
As has been seen with the successful kiwifruit industry KiwiNet model, whereby members of the industry are prepared to support biosecurity responses, TMBC will look to identify and train members of their network who can be deployed in a biosecurity response.
Image: TMBC co-chairs Graeme Marshall and Carlton Bidois with John Walsh from Biosecurity New Zealand, in Tauranga. Photo: Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media.