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Governance and administration of GIA

The DGG formally adopted a governance framework for GIA which came into effect on 1 January 2017. The GIA framework consists of the following elements:

  • A Governance Group (DGG) made up of all Signatories (meeting 2-3 times per year) that is the highest decision making body of GIA and is the guardian of the GIA Deed. DGG is ultimately responsible for the implementation of the GIA Deed.
  • A GIA Executive Committee (GEC) made up of 3-5 members appointed by the DGG, meeting approximately every two months that provides day-to-day governance of GIA activities and oversees the operation of the GIA Secretariat.  
  • The GIA Secretariat, which implements the decisions of the DGG and GEC, provides support and advice on GIA matters.
  • Operational agreements, that serve as contracts between two or more Signatories for agreed readiness and response activities.
  • In addition to this formal structure, sector-based councils (SBCs) may be formed to coordinate common sector interests (primarily activities and investments agreed in related operational agreements). One SBC, The Fruit Fly Council is currently in operation.


Relationships between components of GIA

The solid lines represent formal lines of accountability, ie the Secretariat is accountable to the GEC, which in turn is accountable to the DGG. Note that this does not prevent the DGG from interacting directly with the Secretariat when it chooses to do so, but the solid lines represent the normal, everyday situation. OAs are accountable to their signatory partners, and where applicable, to the SBC that includes their signatory partners. Dotted lines represent liaison and consultation relationships. So, although the DGG does not ‘supervise’ the SBCs or OAs, its overall responsibility for GIA and the Deed means that two-way consultation between DGG and SBCs should occur.  In practical terms, the overlapping membership of these bodies ensures this occurs.


The Deed Governance Group (DGG)

The DGG is the highest decision making body of GIA and is made up of a representative from each of the Deed Signatory groups. The group oversees the Deed processes and sets GIA operational rules including the processes for decision-making outside of consensus. 

The DGG has no role in technical matters including biosecurity response and operational agreements. It is primarily focused on oversight of Deed implementation and administration to safeguard the integrity of GIA. They meet less frequently than the GEC, meeting 2-3 times per year. 

The Deed Governance Group in March 2017 (From L–R) John Seymour (Vegetables NZ Inc), Richard Palmer (Horticulture NZ), Chris Claridge (Potatoes NZ), Michael Ahern (Onions NZ), Frances Clement (NZ Pork Industry Board), Alasdair MacLeod (Tomatoes NZ Inc), Jen Scoular  - DGG Chair (NZ Avocado), Geoff Gwyn  - GEC Chair (MPI), Tim Ritchie (Meat Industry Association),  Barry O’Neil (KVH), David Rhodes  (NZ Forest Owners Association), Melanie Russell (MPI), Roger Gilbertson (alternate - New Zealand Apples and Pears ), Gisele Irvine (alternate - NZ Citrus Growers Inc), Martin Burns (NZ Equine Health Assn), Steve Rich (GIA Secretariat).

Current members:

The membership of the DGG includes a representative from each Deed Signatory and five other members in an observation role. Members The DGG members as at 16 December 2019: 

  • Alan Pollard, Chief Executive, New Zealand Apples and Pears (formerly named Pipfruit New Zealand) 
  •  Gary Hooper, Chief Executive, Aquaculture New Zealand
  • Jen Scoular, Chief Executive Officer, NZ Avocado (DGG Chair) 
  • Dave Harrison, General Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Beef and Lamb New Zealand
  • Stephen Ogden, Biosecurity Manager, New Zealand Citrus Growers Inc 
  • Kimberly Crewther, Executive Director, Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand
  • Liz Shackleton, Biosecurity Manager, DairyNZ
  • Innes Moffat, Chief Executive, Deer NZ
  • Trish Pearce, Executive Advisor, New Zealand Equine Health Association
  • David Rhodes, Chief Executive, New Zealand Forest Owners Association
  • Leanne Stewart, Deputy CEO, Horticulture NZ
  • Stu Hutchings, Chief Executive, Kiwifruit Vine Health
  • Tim Ritchie, Chief Executive, Meat Industry Association of New Zealand
  • Ray Smith, Director General MPI, Penny Nelson, John Walsh
  • James Kuperus, Chief Executive, Onions New Zealand Inc
  • Frances Clement, Policy and Issues Manager, New Zealand Pork Industry Board
  • Chris Claridge, Chief Executive Officer, Potatoes New Zealand Inc
  • Richard Palmer, Chief Executive, Summerfruit NZ
  • Helen Barnes, General Manager, Tomatoes NZ 
  • Antony Heywood, Senior Business Manager, Vegetables New Zealand Inc
  • Edwin Massey, Biosecurity Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers Inc 


  • Gavin Forrest, General Manager, Policy & Advocacy, Federated Farmers of New Zealand
  • Alison Stewart, Seeds and Grains Readiness & Response

Read previous Governance Group meeting summaries (Prior to the GEC being appointed)

DGG Terms of Reference 


GIA Executive Committee

The GIA Executive Committee (GEC) provide day-to-day governance of GIA activities. They oversee the operation of the GIA Secretariat and advise the DGG on decisions that it needs to make. They meet every two months (with teleconferences as required in alternate months). 

Meet the GEC 

Jen Scoular - DGG Chair 

NZ Avocado Inc

John Walsh - GEC Chair

Ministry for Primary Industries

David Rhodes 

NZ Forest Owners Association

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The GIA Secretariat

The GIA Secretariat facilitates implementation of the partnership described in the GIA Deed. It is an independent body that acts in the interests of all Deed Signatories. It has a range of responsibilities such as facilitating the negotiation and drafting of operational agreements between Signatories and supporting and advising the Governance Group in its responsibilities. 

The GIA Secretariat ultimately is accountable to the Deed Governance Group for the effective and efficient performance of its responsibilities. Directly, it is accountable to the GEC.  

The Ministry for Primary Industries will fund the GIA Secretariat until 31 December 2019, after which it is anticipated that the GIA Secretariat's costs will be shared between the Signatories. The GIA Deed makes provision for the role and function of the GIA Secretariat to be reviewed by the Deed Governance Group by mid-2017.

Find out who is on the Secretariat or contact them.

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Report a new pest or disease

To report suspected exotic land, freshwater and marine pests, or exotic disease in plants or animals, call the MPI hotline:

0800 80 99 66

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