The Government Industry Agreement for Biosecurity Readiness and Response (GIA) is a partnership between government and industry for improving New Zealand’s biosecurity. Under GIA, industry organisations (such as KVH on behalf of kiwifruit) and the Ministry for Primary Industries, sign a Deed that formally establishes the biosecurity partnership.
KVH was the first primary industry to sign the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed in May 2014. This marked a significant acheivement for the kiwifruit industry and government.
The GIA Deed outlines the principles for the partnership and the commitments that each Signatory makes to engage in the wider biosecurity system and co-invest to improve the collective biosecurity capacity and capability of industry and government in readiness and response.
Deed Signatories negotiate and agree the priority pests and diseases of most concern to them and agree actions to minimise the risk and impact of an incursion, or prepare for and manage a response in the event than an incursion occurs.
Joint decision-making and cost-sharing helps to ensure that industry organisations have a formal role, alongside government, in managing their biosecurity risks.
KVH has produced the following short overview paper explaining what the GIA is and how it works.
For more information about GIA visit www.gia.org.nz
Key contacts for GIA signatories
|Role in GIA
|RSL Representative||Barry O'Neil||Chief Executive|
|Readiness||Andrew Harrison||Biosecurity Programmes Manager
|Readiness (backup)||Matt Dyck||Biosecurity Analyst|
|Capability Deployment||Peter Mourits||Operations Manager|
|Communications||Lara Harrison||Communications Coordinator|
|Market Access||Catherine Richardson||Zespri Quality Manager|