Ministry of Agriculture, Director for Biosecurity Division Ngatoko Ngatoko (2nd from left) with Ngereteina George (4th from left) and Head of Ministry Temarama Anguna-Kamana (6th from left) with Natana Mataio and Ministry of Agriculture staff. 23011718
Agriculture Manager for the Island of Penrhyn, Ngereteina George and Rarotonga staff Natana Mataio received their warrants as biosecurity officers on Tuesday.
warrant enables them to perform their duties as Biosecurity Officers at the
port of entry or perform border operations for international yachts and monitor
the movement of plants or cargo to and from Rarotonga to the pa enua through
ships or planes.
for Biosecurity Division, Ngatoko Ngatoko said George and Natana attended a
training at the ministry head office last month (December) where the training
covered legislation, border operation on vessel and aircraft clearance both
international and domestic and animal and crop /plant research.
training was for two weeks.
was a former Fisheries officer on Rarotonga and he moved to Penrhyn and we are
happy to work with him and the Island Council,” he said.
said for Penrhyn it was important for the new warrant officer to monitor
international yachts that frequently followed that route from Tahiti and
departed for Tonga, Fiji and New Zealand and went to Suwarrow and Rarotonga.
the warrant helps build the confidence of the officers to perform their duty.
happy to have them on board.”
Ngatoko said data have shown that the local community are now aware of the need
to comply with the biosecurity legislation and the importance of declaring any
product or plants they may want to take to the pa enua or to Rarotonga.
added more training through a New Zealand Aid Programme would be held later in
the year for Biosecurity staff.