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Biosecurity is important to protect New Zealand’s fauna, flora and related industries by preventing unwanted pests and diseases entering the country.

The Ministry for Primary Industries also works to maximise export and import opportunities for New Zealand. For more information you can view the 2003 Biosecurity Strategy or the Biosecurity Act 1993.



For biosecurity news and updates, click here.


The handbook of Pests and Diseases is a key factor in understanding the threat and controlling the spread.

First found in New Zealand in 2006, the tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) is a serious threat to the potato industry. For information on the importation of biological control agent to assist with the tomato potato psyllid’s control, click here.