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New Zealand is home to a lots of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Diseases or introduced plants and animals from other countries can be a big issue, as our species haven’t evolved to protect themselves from these threats.
Biosecurity is about keeping New Zealand free of unwanted organisms, and for controlling or removing them if they arrive in the country. We can all help to look after New Zealand's unique environment.
What to do
Did you know?
- Kauri trees can live for thousands of years. Our largest tree (Tāne Mahuta) is over 50 m tall.
- Pōhutukawa and rātā are called New Zealand's native Christmas trees because of the bright red flowers on them during Christmas.
- There are over 180,000 km of rivers in New Zealand.
1. Pick a topic
Choose a biosecurity risk, and find out what it is, how to identify it, how it spreads and what we can do to prevent it spreading.
Kauri dieback is a fungus-like disease that only attacks New Zealand kauri. Find out more from the Kauri Dieback Programme.
Myrtle rust is a fungal disease that severely attacks plants like pōhutukawa, mānuka, and rātā. Read more about myrtle rust
Didymo (known as 'rock snot')
A slimy algae that attaches itself to rocks and is spreading throughout our rivers. Find out more at BiosecurityNZ.
2. Create awareness
After gathering your information, create a poster or write a story, poem, letter or blog post which tells people what you’ve learnt. Then share it proudly with your whānau, friends or community.
Telling others about biosecurity risks is important because it means more people can look after our precious native plants and animals.
Claim your Kiwi Guardians Wildlife Protector medal
Tell us about how you shared your information, and we'll send you a Toyota Kiwi Guardians Wildlife Protector medal.
Complete the claim form to tell us about your activity, and we'll send you a medal. Each Kiwi Guardians action has a different medal – see how many you can collect.
Share what you did
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