The NBCN is a joint initiative between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and AsureQuality. The NBCN is New Zealand's field team in a biosecurity outbreak.

Many different types of organisations from all over New Zealand and with a huge range of skills have already joined the NBCN. In the event of a biosecurity outbreak these organisations will pool their skills together so we have the right field resources at the ready to provide the best response.

MPI & AsureQuality working together

MPI's vision is to grow and protect New Zealand. MPI leads the New Zealand biosecurity system. This encompasses facilitating international trade, protecting the health of New Zealanders and ensuring the welfare of our environment, flora and fauna, marine life and Maori resources.

Visit the MPI biosecurity website (external link) for more information.

AsureQuality are working in partnership with MPI to build a strong, capable network for dealing with biosecurity outbreaks.To build a capable network we need a huge range of skills and resources.

You do not need to have specialist biosecurity experience or services to be a part of the network. Many of the tasks you will have to perform are things you do everyday. These could be waste management, transport logistics, administration, or general labour.

We also require specialist skills which could involve team management, assessing crops and livestock, veterinary work, setting traps and extermination as a few examples.

NBCN Members

NBCN Members PDF (13 MB)

We all have a part to play in protecting NZ from harmful pests and diseases. As a nation we have a lot to lose. Threats posed by an unwanted pests, diseases or organisms could damage the environment, the economy, and us, the people of New Zealand.

Becoming involved with the NBCN means you will play a part in protecting your community from the financial loss that can occur from a biosecurity outbreak. It will also help keep your region and New Zealand safe for future generations.

How do you join?

Email us or call 0508 00 11 22 now to speak with our biosecurity capability team

We can answer any further questions you may have and start the sign up process.

NBCN roles in a response

Job description - Operations Expert PDF (122 KB)
Job description - Operations Manager PDF (115 KB)
Job description - Team Manager PDF (114 KB)
Job description - Team Member PDF (116 KB)

Latest Newsletter

NBCN Newsletter October 2017 PDF (1 MB)

NBCN Newsletter April 2017 PDF (684 KB)

NBCN Newsletter December 2016 PDF (446 KB)

NBCN Newsletter August 2016 PDF (2.6 MB)

NBCN Newsletter April 2016 PDF (2.8 MB)

NBCN Newsletter February 2016 PDF (2.7 MB)

NBCN Newsletter December 2015 PDF (1.8 MB)

​NBCN Newsletter October 2015 PDF (3 MB)

NBCN Newsletter August 2015 PDF (1.7 MB)

Helpful links

Biosecurity response updates (external link)

Pests & disease threats to NZ (external link)

Registers, lists & indexes related to biosecurity activities in NZ (external link)

Biosecurity Response Initial Information Video