Roger Smith, head of Biosecurity New Zealand

Video to aid biosecurity

by Ann van Engelen

A new in-flight biosecurity video will remind international visitors about the importance of protecting New Zealand from unwanted pests and diseases.

Biosecurity New Zealand launched the video that will play to arriving passengers on all airlines with screen capacity.

“All visitors to the country and Kiwis returning home can help protect New Zealand from harmful pests and diseases,” says the head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Roger Smith.

“The new in-flight video provides a clear message about what everyone’s responsibilities are when arriving here. The simple lesson is if you are unsure about an item, you have got — declare it.

“Things like the Queensland fruit fly and brown marmorated stink bug have the potential to cause significant damage to our primary sector, our environment and to our unique way of life.”

There are two versions of the video — one in English and one for Chinese airlines in Mandarin.
The videos feature detector dog Darwin the beagle. Darwin and handler

Mikkiie work on the front-line sniffing out items that aren’t allowed here.

Mr Smith says he is pleased the majority of airlines that fly into the country have agreed to play the video.

“United Airlines was the first airline to start playing it, and others with the capability to show videos on board quickly followed.”

The video is part of a wider Biosecurity New Zealand programme focussed on protecting Aotearoa and supports the biosecurity movement Ko Tatou This Is Us.

“Ko Tatou This Is Us highlights the personal connection we all have to the land, rivers, lakes and sea that nourish and provide for us.”

The new in-flight biosecurity video is translated into 12 different languages, including Hindi, Malay, Arabic, Korean and French. It has also been translated into Bislama, a national language in Vanuatu spoken by many seasonal workers.