Introducing Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital

Keeping bad bugs and devastating foreign animal and plant diseases out of our region is everyone’s business.

A new partnership, Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC), aims to counter these threats through community collaboration. It is the first partnership of its kind in New Zealand.

Biosecurity (protecting against unwanted organisms) matters to anyone who likes to harvest kaimoana from the sea, walk in native forest or eat New Zealand-grown produce. It affects us if we want to earn a living or operate a business. Our economy and lifestyle depend on the health of our land and sea.

One biosecurity breach could threaten an entire species of birds or trees. It could harm our environment, health, our livelihoods and our cultural identity, affecting us and future generations. It would hit ports, tourism, horticulture and farms – everyone from gardeners to chief executives.

House of Science is proud to be part of the TMBC initiative – launching on October 16 – which brings together councils, iwi, government, science, education and business representatives for the first time, to lead and take action towards biosecurity excellence. We hope to show other New Zealand communities how to work together to guard what is precious to us and we are part of a national campaign, Ko Tatou This Is Us.