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There are people all over New Zealand doing biosecurity every day – working in our communities, in business, in government and in our own backyards. These people recognise what’s at stake – our lifestyles, our livelihoods and our unique environment depend on it.

Protecting New Zealand from the risks posed by pests and diseases is a continual challenge. The threats we face are growing in scale and complexity. Growth and diversity in trade and tourism, changing risk pathways, climate change, and pressure from established pests are just some of the examples of the pressures we face.

We all need to participate in biosecurity. Only with everyone doing their part will the biosecurity system remain resilient. The Direction Statement supports this by building on the foundations of the 2003 Biosecurity Strategy; Tiakina Aotearoa — Protect New Zealand; providing clarity of purpose and a refreshed sense of direction for all participants in the biosecurity system.

This Direction Statement belongs to all of us who participate in biosecurity. It draws together the collective views of people and organisations across the biosecurity system and outlines a direction that we can all see our role in. This document will help knit together parts of the system, to ensure we are all pulling together in the same direction. The strength of the Direction Statement comes from it having the collective buy-in of system participants and us all working together towards the direction it sets out.

The five strategic directions in this document lay out the highest priority areas we’ll be focusing on to enable us to meet the challenges facing the biosecurity system. They’ll drive change where it’s needed, strengthen the parts of the system that are working well, and prepare us to take advantage of opportunities and respond to threats.

The five strategic directions are:

• A biosecurity team of 4.7 million

• A toolbox for tomorrow

• Smart, free-flowing information

• Effective leadership and governance

• Tomorrow’s skills and assets.

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