Tuesday, 26 March 2024 14:55

Biosecurity Taranaki a 'milestone' for region

Written by  Staff Reporters
Biosecurity Taranaki was launched in New Plymouth last week. Biosecurity Taranaki was launched in New Plymouth last week.

Taranaki has launched Biosecurity Taranaki in an effort to safeguard the region’s environment.

The collective was launched in New Plymouth late last week, bringing together a diverse range of individuals and organisations committed to protecting the region from the threat of pests, weeds and diseases.

The partnership aims to be proactive in safeguarding the environment, economy and way of life from biosecurity threats.

Spanning industry groups, iwi, hapū, government agencies, local government, businesses and community groups, Biosecurity Taranaki will work to raise awareness, build capability and protect the region’s future.

Biosecurity Taranaki chair Willy Harvey says he took on the leadership role because he is passionate about Taranaki and its future.

Biosecurity Taranaki is a growing network and Harvey says he is keen to hear from anyone who is keen to be part of it.

“It takes all of us to protect what we love about Taranaki,” he says. “Biosecurity affects all of us, so the more diverse our membership, the more effective we will be.”

Stuart Anderson, deputy director-general Biosecurity New Zealand says the launch of Biosecurity Taranaki marks a pivotal milestone for the region.

“Biosecurity New Zealand will work with Biosecurity Taranaki and its members to build a community of biosecurity champions who will advocate for, and take action to, ensure the very best biosecurity outcomes, protecting this incredible region.  Working together we are stronger – this is biosecurity in action,” he says.

Taranaki Regional Council Chair Charlotte Littlewood says Biosecurity Taranaki is an exciting initiative that will complement the council’s long-running pest management programmes.

“Protecting Taranaki from pests and diseases is a massive task but by all working together we’re giving ourselves the best possible chance of success.”

To get involved, visit www.thisisus.nz/biosecurity-taranaki

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