OSPRI well placed to help deliver biosecurity strategy

Date 22 November 2016

OSPRI has offered full support for the Government’s biosecurity strategy, announced by Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy today.

The primary industries services organisation that manages the TBfree and NAIT programmes has expertise in delivering animal health solutions that protect and enhance the international reputation of New Zealand’s agricultural exports.

OSPRI CEO Michelle Edge said the Biosecurity Direction Statement provides the essential framework for the continued success and resilience of our biosecurity system for managing threats from exotic pests and diseases to New Zealand’s environment and economy.

“We believe the success of our existing TBfree and NAIT programmes along with broader OSPRI capability and systems, means OSPRI is uniquely placed to work collaboratively with biosecurity partners to start implementing the strategy from Day One,” said Ms Edge.

OSPRI considers it has an important contribution to make to all five strategic directions outlined in the Direction Statement. The organisation has proven expertise in:

  • working in partnership with government, industry, farmers, iwi and local communities
  • leadership in public-private partnerships and funding models
  • managing broad-based data and technology systems
  • national-scale pest and disease management
  • knowledge leaders in veterinary health, disease prevention, animal management, intellectual property, information technology, community liaison.

“We look forward to consulting with our biosecurity partners about progressing the discussion and building the framework that will underpin this strategy going forward,” said Ms Edge.


OSPRI helps protect and enhance the reputation of New Zealand’s primary industries. It currently runs the NAIT and TBfree programmes. OSPRI is funded by DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Deer Industry New Zealand and the New Zealand Government.

For more information please contact:

Oliver Bates

0277 054995

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