Rotorua's Scion team is thrilled to have been recognised at the 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.
Scion: New Zealand Forest Research Institute, collected the New Zealand Biosecurity Biological Heritage Challenge Science Award at an awards event on Monday night.
Programme leader Dr Tara Strand said Scion and the greater research team, consisting of CRIs, universities, and private business, were thrilled to receive recognition of their work with the Biological Heritage Science Award.
"The team went up against amazing people and we are truly honoured," Strand said.
"This is great acknowledgement for the strong partnership we have formed between scientists, policy makers and people responsible for managing the biosecurity process, exemplifying Biosecurity 2025 goals.
"The win is also a testament to strong Vision Mātauranga and the inclusion and mix of social, biological and engineering sciences in the research."
Strand said biosecurity was one of the many things protecting New Zealand's economic spine, the primary sector, as well as native species in New Zealand terra and aqua environments.
"In this fast-moving world of people and items, biosecurity is necessary to keep our unique species and to protect our economy from phytosanitary sanctions. We are delighted our programme gave results that will help achieve our country's biosecurity goals and we thank the committee for selecting us."
Head of Biosecurity New Zealand Roger Smith said the winners included a wide variety of interesting biosecurity-related projects, which included biosecurity excellence in Tauranga moana.
Smith said the winners also recognised projects that included the protection of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry, improving the outcomes for kōkako, and innovative products such as a portable footwear cleaning system.
"The New Zealand Biosecurity Awards celebrate iwi, environmental organisations, science providers, community groups, local, regional and central government agencies who are working hard to help ensure Aotearoa is safe from pests and diseases," Smith said.
"Their magnificent mahi (work) is fundamental to keeping our biosecurity system strong, and every day they are putting in the hard yards to ensure we continue to have a world-leading biosecurity system."
Environment Southland's Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan took out the top prize, the New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award.
Their project also received the New Zealand Biosecurity Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award.
The Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan aims to protect one of New Zealand's most unique and nationally significant areas from marine pests being carried in on local and visiting vessels.
Smith said this year's awards received a record number of high-calibre entries, making it very challenging for the award judges, which were chaired by Dr John Hellstrom.
"These awards are an incredibly important occasion, as they provide a moment of pause to take the time to acknowledge and honour the important achievements happening within our biosecurity system," he said.
The award winners show that biosecurity was not just up to Biosecurity New Zealand, Smith said.
"Every New Zealander has a role to play in preventing pests and diseases from getting into New Zealand or helping to stop their spread if they do get here.
"It takes all of us to protect what we've got."
• New Zealand Biosecurity Department of Conservation Community Award - Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society
• New Zealand Biosecurity GIA Industry Award - Kiwifruit Vine Health
• New Zealand Biosecurity Biological Heritage Challenge Science Award - Scion: New Zealand Forest Research Institute
• New Zealand Biosecurity AsureQuality Emerging Leader Award - Dr Amanda Black
• New Zealand Biosecurity Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Award - Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi Trust
• New Zealand Biosecurity Eagle Technology Local and Central Government Award - Environment Southland
• New Zealand Biosecurity Mondiale Innovation Award - Jacson3 Limited
• New Zealand Biosecurity Supreme Award - Environment Southland
• Minister's Biosecurity Award - Greg Corbett