PORT of Tauranga received the inaugural Industry Award at New Zealand’s national Biosecurity Awards, recognising the Port’s leadership in support of the country’s biosecurity.
Port of Tauranga’s freight task is growing, handling more than 22m tonnes of cargo annually, and last year handled more than 1m TEU of containerised cargo.
In 2014, industry representatives Kiwifruit Vine Health and Port of Tauranga launched a partnership focused on operational biosecurity excellence at the Port it included an awareness program for staff.
Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said it was about everyone doing their bit and working together to protect New Zealand’s environment and primary industries from unwanted biosecurity risks.
“By having a heightened awareness of what to look for in day-to-day operations, all staff within the port community can play a part in keeping unwanted pests out of port operations,” he said.
In its biosecurity efforts, the Port works closely with importers, exporters, the Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Customs Service and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.