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The annual Biosecurity Awards honour those who go above and beyond in protecting New Zealand from pests and diseases. This year, we were honoured to see three Wildings programs on the list of finalists. 

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme won the Government Award for showcasing successful integration between central and local government, industry sectors, mana whenua, communities, researchers and landowners to protect New Zealand from wilding pines.

The Whakatipu Wilding Conifer Group were also announced winners under the Community Award category for demonstrating biosecurity leadership by establishing and maintaining longstanding partnerships to protect Queenstown's iconic landscapes from wildings.

The Ruawāhia Mt Tarawera Wilding Pine Project received well deserved recognition as finalist under the Biosecurity Māori Award for demonstrating successful collaboration between the Ruawāhia 2B Trust, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and central government to protect Ruawāhia Mt Tarawera from wilding pines.

The winners were announced in Auckland on Monday 31 October 2022. Read more about the 2022 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards.