Department of Conservation Briefing to the Incoming Minister for Biosecurity D PROFILE OF GENERAL MANAGEMENT TEAM AND CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER, BIOSECURITY
Front cover image: DOC's Melanie Newfield with the invasive water weed hornwort. Photo: The Nelson Mail © Crown Copyright This report may be freely copied provided that the Department of Conservation is acknowledged as the source of information. 3 CONTENTS KEY MESSAGES 4 Key Messages New Zealand's unique biodiversity is highly vulnerable to the impacts of exotic animal pests, weeds and diseases. Introduced pests are the single biggest threat to New Zealand's remaining indigenous biodiversity,
... ous biodiversity, and increased travel and trade is placing greater pressure on existing biosecurity systems. The biosecurity area still lacks an overall strategy and is characterised by overlapping and unclear management roles, responsibilities and accountabilities. While agency coordination has improved through the establishment of a Biosecurity portfolio and initiatives such as memoranda of understanding between biosecurity agencies, the lack of an overall strategy remains a major weakness. A key issue for any strategy to address is ensuring that risks to indigenous flora and fauna are given proper weighting in all decisions, from setting border measures to responding to new exotic pests and in managing established weeds and animal pests through pest management strategies. The roles and responsibilities of central and local government, landowners and industry for managing pests after they have entered the country still need clarification in the area of internal biosecurity and pest management.