For people exploring the outdoors, it is important to protect our native environment by not spreading diseases, organisms and predators that harm our unique ecosystem. Threats to our environment include:
- freshwater algae such as didymo and landavia/lake snow
- kauri dieback
- farm diseases such as mycoplasma bovis and sheep measles
- introduced pests
Biosecurity helps to prevent these unwanted organisms, pests and diseases from spreading.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) leads New Zealand’s biosecurity system. It has helpful advice:
- Check, Clean, Dry: preventing didymo, lindavia (lake snow) and other freshwater pests
- Preventing the spread of Kauri dieback disease. There is also lots of helpful advice, research and resources at Tiakina Kauri.
- Holding an outdoor event: tips to prevent the spread of pests
- Tramping tips to prevent spreading pests and diseases
- Hunting and gathering: biosecurity and food safety
- Recreational fishing
Other useful biosecurity advice includes:
- Sheep measles – People taking dogs into sheep farms should get their dogs dosed monthly, or at least 48 hours before entry, to prevent the spread of sheep measles. Dog faeces must be picked up and removed.
- Mycoplasma bovis – a serious cattle disease that NZ is working to eradicate. When you cross farmland, comply with all notices in place, clean and disinfect shoes and vehicles as required, do not approach or touch the cattle and leave gates as you found them.