Biosecurity Award applications closing

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Selwyn community groups carrying out programmes to protect the local environment are being encouraged to enter the country’s annual Biosecurity Awards.

The prestigious awards run by Biosecurity New Zealand recognise and celebrate outstanding contributions to protecting New Zealand from biosecurity threats.

Head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Roger Smith, says the awards are our way of celebrating people and organisations across the country who are contributing to New Zealand’s biosecurity.

“This may be iwi and hapu, community groups, science providers, businesses, local government — anyone carrying out this vital work in our workplaces, in the bush and our backyards.”

There are six open entry award categories — Community Award, Maori Award, Industry Award, Local and Central Government Award, Science Award and Innovation Award; and two awards by nomination only — the Emerging Leader Award and the Minister’s Biosecurity Award.

Mr Smith said he is keen to encourage Selwyn community groups to come forward.

“Receiving recognition for a community project is great, but another consideration is that the community award carries a $2,500 prize. We know many community groups are doing really exciting work, for example, in the area of pest control or reforestation, which very definitely fit the criteria of a biosecurity programme.”

Last year’s community award winner was the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust for its Wildside Project. Entries for the awards close on August 31, and more information can be found on the MPI website mpi.govt.nz.