Biosecurity means the protection of New Zealand from unwanted foreign diseases, animals or pests that could pose significant threats to our agricultural and forestry industries and New Zealand's reputation for a clean, green environment.
Ports of Auckland works to protect New Zealand’s unique environment.
Ports of Auckland has systems in place to minimise potential threats and works closely with Biosecurity New Zealand to ensure Government rules and regulations regarding the import and export of certain products are complied with.
Biosecurity New Zealand has offices at the Port of Auckland and officials work closely with port personnel to check cargo.
Other activities include regular biosecurity training for operational staff, employing an entomologist to maintain controlled habitat traps and conduct routine checks for exotic mosquitoes, support of re-ballasting regulations and an on-wharf decontamination and cleaning facility.
This facility is used to clean both imported second-hand machinery and our own equipment used in the unloading and loading of cargo. The system has a separate filtration system for the treatment of water and wastewater, and any contaminated residue is taken off-site and burnt.