Jono Underwood has worked as the Biosecurity Manager at Marlborough District Council
(Blenheim, New Zealand) since 2009. His work oversees numerous biosecurity programmes
that prevent invasive species threats in other parts of the country from establishing in
Marlborough or managing threats (ranging from eradication to sustained management
objectives) that are present within the region. Many of these threats are invasive plant
species that could cause impacts to both primary industries and/or natural ecosystems. Jono
is also the President of the New Zealand Biosecurity Institute Inc. and works on national
projects under the banner of Te Uru Kahika – the collective of the 16 regional councils and
unitary authorities in New Zealand.
Shane Hona has been dealing with weeds for many years in his role as a Biosecurity Officer for the
Bay of Plenty Regional Council, based in Whakatane. In 2022, he was awarded the Wendy Mead
Professional Development Award by the NZ Biosecurity Institute to attend the 22 nd Australasian
Weeds Conference in Adelaide where he presented a paper about the funding model used in New
Zealand for funding research into biological control of weeds. In 2023, he shifted jobs to become an
advisor for the Ministry of Māori Development (Te Puni Kokiri) but has remained on the executive
committee of the NZ Biosecurity Institute.