The New Zealand public, its industries and the conservation sector, are greatly concerned about the state of national biosecurity protection, awareness, and system performance – and rightly so. Scarcely a day goes by without a new story in the media about a biosecurity breach, a pest, a threat, or a related impact on the economy, biodiversity, human health, or lifestyles.
The vast majority of this public focus is on issues at the national border. Yet the greatest number and cost of biosecurity programmes in New Zealand, and the greatest impact on citizens’ wallets, are the many pest management programmes developed and implemented by regional and unitary councils. These programmes tend to be largely ignored by the national media, possibly because they are implemented by 17 disparate regional and unitary councils (hereafter referred to as councils), and possibly because most of the programmes are unspectacular, business-as-usual, necessary activities that help to keep farming profitable, the environment liveable and conservation achievable. There has also been, surprisingly, little wider scrutiny of the performance and scope of these regional bodies and their biosecurity programmes.
Craw, J. (2015). Opinion: Focus and performance in managing post-border biosecurity in New Zealand. Unitec ePress Perspectives in Biosecurity Research Series (3).
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