About us

Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital (TMBC) is an Incorporated Society with a mission to shift New Zealanders perception of biosecurity, how it connects to our everyday lives, and how we can all get involved.

Our focus is on working in partnership with mana whenua, connecting our communities to the importance of biosecurity, and building collaboration across iwi, hapū, community organisations, industry, business, science and mātauranga Māori experts, central government and local government to achieve biosecurity excellence.

A biosecurity incursion has the potential to negatively transform the lives of future generations and the place we know as home. Biosecurity (protecting against unwanted organisms) matters to anyone who enjoys harvesting kaimoana from the sea or interacting with our iconic mountains and native forests. It also matters to everyone earning a living and operating a business in the Western Bay of Plenty, where the economy is dependent on the natural environment ~ Carlton Bidois, TMBC co-chair.

Our work encompasses everything from biodiversity protection and conservation efforts; to the mahi of iwi to protect our taonga and our cultural economy; to the work of local industries and businesses to our regional economy and jobs; to the work of educators teaching our rangitahi and future leaders about biosecurity; to mātauranga Māori experts and scientists striving to equip us with better biosecurity knowledge and tools.

Building on our foundation of expertise, passion, and connection, TMBC is an exemplar for regional collaboration and partnership. Our hope is that other regions will pick up and adapt the TMBC model to extend biosecurity excellence across the country.

Guiding principals

  • Tika me te pono – honesty integrity
  • Whakamarao te kupu – walk the talk
  • Whanaungatanga – relationship through shared experiences and working together which provides people with a sense of belonging
  • Whai mana – recognition and resource
  • Kaitiakitanga – guardianship and protection – a way of managing the environment, based on the Māori world view
  • Whai maranatanga – grow knowledge.

Join TMBC to strengthen our regional team of biosecurity champions – it takes all of us!