Agenda No. 3
Summary of country report
Since the last Session of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Organisation, New
Zealand has continued to develop and refine its Biosecurity system.
In July 2007, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s (MAF) two biosecurity
divisions Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ), and MAF Quarantine Service (MQS) were
structurally integrated. The new integrated organisation is known as MAF
Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ).
MAFBNZ is charged with leadership of the New Zealand biosecurity system. The
biosecurity system aims to protect New Zealand’s productive base, the health and
wellbeing of New Zealanders, and our unique environment, while facilitating safe
trade and movement of people.
New Zealand’s biosecurity system aims to;
Prevent harmful organisms from crossing our borders and establishing in New
Zealand while, at the same time, ensuring trade and tourism are maintained,
Reduce the harm caused by organisms already established in New Zealand,
Support New Zealander’s being informed and involved participants in the
Around $NZ500 million is spent annually on biosecurity in New Zealand, with
activities undertaken by central government, regional councils, industry and private
landowners. MAFBNZ has approximately 1100 full time and part-time staff, based
across New Zealand and overseas responsible for developing and implement the
The Biosecurity Act 1993 provides the legislative framework for the biosecurity
system. It provides a menu of regulatory powers that can deal flexibly with various
situations, including managing risk goods, unwanted organisms and pests, and
allowing central govt, regional govt and industry to access regulatory powers.
New Zealand’s biosecurity system is a continuum of interventions aimed at reducing
and managing biosecurity risks:
Pre-border the system includes;
• International Agreements
• Considering emerging risks
• Pest and Import Risk Analysis
• Import Health Standards
• Off-shore assurance programmes
At the border;
• Pathway analysis
• Risk screening and profiling
• Checks of passengers, cargo and mail
• Monitoring performance and gathering information
• 0800 Hot-line
• Sampling and Surveys
And Response to incursions;
• Initial Response
• Delimiting Surveys
• Response Plans
• Eradication or Control Measures
The biosecurity system also underpins New Zealand’s export assurance programmes
by reducing risks associated with new pests and providing information supporting
New Zealand’s freedom from pests of concern to other countries.
New Zealand continues to develop and review import health standards based on pest
risk assessment in accordance with the International Standards for Phytosanitary
Measures. Since the 25th session of the APPPC, import health standards have been
developed for a range of plants and plant products. New Zealand has recently
completed a re-prioritisation of requests for development of new import health
standards. Results of this re-prioritisation are currently being communicated to the
requesting countries, and will subsequently be published on the MAFBNZ website.
Seventy five new organisms associated with plants and plant products were recorded
as new to New Zealand by MAFBNZ in 2007/2008. MAFBNZ has officially
responded to the presence of a number of these organisms, including Candidatus
Liberibactor solanacearum, and Porotermes adamsoni (Dampwood termite).
New Zealand operates an approvals framework for pesticides under the Hazardous
Substance and New Organisms Act 1996, has developed a substance reassessment
programme, and has implemented a compliance structure to support the approvals
Integrated pest management continues to be an integral component of orchard
management programmes in New Zealand.
New Zealand continues to be active in the development, implementation and
promotion of international and regional phytosanitary standards.