Biosecurity New Zealand Forum 2018

Details about the forum and how to register.


Join Biosecurity New Zealand and its forum partners, the Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) and the Department of Conservation, at biosecurity’s premier event – the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum in Auckland on 12 to 13 November 2018.

It's been a big year in biosecurity.

Issues including Mycoplasma bovis, myrtle rust, kauri dieback, and the brown marmorated stink bug have dominated our news media this past year. No one can have any doubt about the importance of a resilient and effective biosecurity system.

All New Zealanders have a part to play in our biosecurity system and everyone benefits from it. We need to keep building connections and working together to protect what we've got. The Biosecurity New Zealand Forum provides the ideal platform for connecting and sharing ideas.

At the forum

The Minister for Biosecurity, Hon Damien O'Connor, will launch the Implementation Plan for Biosecurity 2025. He'll also open the Biosecurity Awards dinner on the evening of 12 November. This will celebrate our best and brightest biosecurity heroes.

Exploring different approaches to biosecurity

This year's forum theme is 'Biosecurity: Partnering to Protect'. We'll explore the many different approaches to and motivations for biosecurity.

Day 1

Plenary sessions over the first day will explore:

  • the relationship between biosecurity and biodiversity
  • new approaches by industry and researchers to wicked problems
  • examples of how innovative thinking can improve biosecurity protection.

We will also hear from industry leaders on future global impacts.

Day 2

We'll take a deeper dive into the issues through a series of workshop sessions. You'll leave inspired.

Be part of the brave and bold discussions for better biosecurity outcomes. Your contribution is vital.

Check the programme

We'll be adding speakers and presenters to the programme over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out for the final speaker line up and programme in mid-October. In the meantime, check out the interim programme.

Download the draft programme [PDF, 285 KB]

Speaker preview

  • Alexia Hilbertidou – the founder of GirlBoss NZ, a women's network with some 8,000 members which encourages young women to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), leadership, and entrepreneurship. Alexia will talk innovation, collaboration and partnership and bring some inspiring, funny and surprising insights into the minds of New Zealand's Gen Z.
  • Traci Houpapa - Director of Predator Free 2050 and Chair of the Federation of Māori Authorities, was formerly listed as one of the world's most inspirational and influential women by the BBC. Traci will discuss bringing passion to biosecurity.
  • Andrew Robinson – CEO of Questa Game, Australia, makes tech cool and shows how to build engagement through gaming.

When, where, and cost

Where: Pullman Hotel, Symonds Street, Auckland

When: Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 November 2018

Registration costs: $250 for the forum, or $345 for the forum and awards dinner combined (excludes GST, per delegate)

Register separately for the NZ Biosecurity Awards dinner

We invite you to join us to celebrate the finalists and award winners of the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards dinner on Monday 12 November 2018 from 6.30pm.

The awards recognise the people and organisations that are exemplars in their contribution to biosecurity in its very widest sense – from community groups, science providers, iwi and hapū, businesses, industry, and local and central government. Be part of the celebration.

The awards dinner will be held at the Auckland Museum Centre.

Ticket cost: $125 or $345 for the forum and awards dinner combined (excludes GST). The awards dinner ticket includes dinner and beverages.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions about the Biosecurity New Zealand Forum or the Biosecurity Awards, email

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