Election 2014 - Party Policies - Biosecurity

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Biosecurity


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  • Increase funding for implementing biosecurity risk assessments and invasion response measures through levying importers and people arriving at our borders.
  • Require importers to pay the full cost of eradication when negligence or non-compliance has been demonstrated.
  • Enhance our ability to prevent exotic species from entering New Zealand and the ability to respond to any incursions that do occur (e.g. continued and expanded public education, six-sided inspection of cargo containers, off-shore inspection of containers, increased staff training and technology, emergency response fund, permanent pest surveillance programmes around ports).
  • Give equal importance to biosecurity threats to the marine environment as to those of the terrestrial environment.
  • Require risk assessments for exotic organisms to consider their potential impacts on indigenous species and ecosystems, and urban and rural environments, in addition to those on primary production and human health. (more here)

  • Establish a stand-alone independent biosecurity agency.
  • Boost the capability of the biosecurity system to identify off-shore threats to the many and varied production sectors across the primary industries, such as PRRS and Foot and Mouth disease.
  • Continue to support sectors and research organisations working to reduce the impact of varroa, PSA, theileria, clover root weevil, and other introduced biological pests that threaten the viability of existing industries.
  • Provide a negotiation process for GIAs that is appropriately resourced so the necessary analysis can be completed and agreements concluded with sectors in a timely manner.
  • Commit to on-going control and targeting to eliminate bovine TB in New Zealand. (more here)

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  • Increasing investment in biosecurity with new technology and new staff.
  • A new $65 million high containment biosecurity laboratory in Upper Hut.
  • Significantly strengthening New Zealand’s preparedness for foot and mouth disease, including an agreement signed with Australia to bring closer co-operation. (more here)

  • Full resourcing for Biosecurity at all our ports of entry to protect against potentially devastating pests, diseases, and dangerous biological organisms. (more here)

  • Ensure that biosecurity remains a top Government priority. (more here)

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