B3 is the premier science vehicle underpinning New Zealand’s current practice, and for anticipating and informing future challenges and opportunities, for plant-based border biosecurity. It delivers science-based solutions for supporting and protecting the international competitiveness of our export industries and protecting our unique terrestrial ecosystems.

Better Border Biosecurity (B3) aims, by 2017, to be a world-leading provider of border biosecurity research, knowledge and tools that will have wide applicability in New Zealand and internationally.

The B3 unincorporated joint venture integrates investment and expertise from five science agencies – Plant & Food Research , AgResearch, Scion, Landcare Research, the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University - and three end-user partners - the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Department of Conservation and the New Zealand Forest Owners Association.

B3’s strategy has five critical objectives:

  • Leadership and Influence - B3 will facilitate integration of research and science-based solutions into biosecurity policy, decision-making and operations. B3 will also provide leadership across the wider biosecurity science community, facilitating coordination of research programmes and capability.
  • Performance – The B3 programme will deliver valuable results, in a timely and cost-effective and recognisable way. It will demonstrate value-for-money to investors and other stakeholders, and will report clearly about progress and achievements.
  • Uptake – The B3 programme will create value for New Zealand through the application of science-based solutions within New Zealand’s border biosecurity systems. A key strength of the B3 model is the linkages with end-users and stakeholders that will translate research outputs to practical outcomes. B3 will also engage, consult and discuss B3 research activities and their implications with Māori.
  • Capability – B3 will ensure strong capacity in critical areas, foster succession in those areas, and be able to access capability in others (nationally and internationally) when needed.
  • Investment – The joint venture partners will collectively provide long-term certainty and confidence for the B3 teams to plan and deliver science-based solutions for New Zealand’s current and future border biosecurity challenges. The joint venture will be more efficient than each party working independently.