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B3’s aspiration: New Zealand has a world-leading science-based plant border biosecurity system, ensuring the welfare of our environment, retaining and building the value in our important plant systems, underpinning investor confidence for continued sector growth and innovation, and maintaining market access for plant-based exports.

B3’s mission: Science-based border biosecurity solutions underpinning the vitality of New Zealand’s natural and productive plant landscapes (forestry, horticulture, arable, pastoral) and other plant-based industries, through a research-industry-government collaboration delivering world-leading science and technology development, enabling stakeholders to implement results for Better Border Biosecurity.

Parties: As an unincorporated joint venture B3 integrates investment and expertise across it partners:

  • Science organisations: Plant & Food Research, AgResearch, Scion, Manaaki Whenua/Landcare Research and the Bio-Protection Research Centre hosted by Lincoln University.
  • End-user organisations: Ministry for Primary Industries, Department of Conservation, Horticulture NZ, and Forest Owners’ Association. The Environmental Protection Authority and Beef and Lamb New Zealand have observer status.


Strategic Priorities

B3 will contribute to the five strategic priorities outlined in Biosecurity 2025, to ensure the New Zealand biosecurity system is capable of meeting future challenges.

These are:

  • A Biosecurity Team of All New Zealanders – Ko Tatou/This is us
  • A Toolbox for Tomorrow
  • Smart, Free-flowing Information
  • Effective Leadership and Governance
  • Tomorrow’s Skills and Assets.