FORE443-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Biosecurity Risk Management

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


Biological threats to New Zealand environment and primary industries with a focus on risk identification and management systems in Forestry.

Biosecurity has been described as ‘My number one priority’ and ‘My number one Challenge’ by successive Minister’s for Primary Industries. Recent incursions/establishments of major exotic pests and diseases, e.g., COVID19, myrtle rust, PSA on kiwifruit and Mycoplasma bovis, highlight why a strong understanding of New Zealand’s biosecurity system is essential to any graduate entering the primary sector workforce or the central and regional government departments that support the primary and environmental sectors. New Zealand faces an on-going struggle to protect our economic, social, environmental and cultural values from new biosecurity threats whilst maintaining expansive long-term management programmes to minimise the impact of established pests. This course provides students with an overview of the biosecurity system (legal, scientific, and practical), illustrates how the system operates, and highlights the consequences of a biosecurity incursion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will gain an understanding of the broad biosecurity issues faced by New Zealand
  • Students will gain an understanding of the particular biosecurity threats to forestry, including both natural and production forests and the export of wood products.
  • Students will have an appreciation and understanding of the way in which biosecurity affects primary sectors, Māori, and New Zealand society in general.
  • Students will have an understanding of current events in biosecurity.
  • Students will have an appreciation and understanding of management procedures and agencies involved in dealing with biosecurity threats in general
  • Students will gain an understanding  of the methods by which biosecurity risks to forestry are managed through legislation, surveillance and incursion response
  • To engage students in a problem-based learning environment to build their knowledge and skills in the area of biosecurity management
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.



Steve Pawson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Media Assignment 20%
Factsheet 10%
Response Plan 30%
End-of-Year Exam 40%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,164.00

International fee $5,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Forestry .

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  • FORE443-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023