18 Aug 2009

Decision delayed on Biosecurity border jobs

3:19 pm on 18 August 2009

The future of 60 border staff positions at Biosecurity New Zealand remains uncertain.

In July, the agency said it would review its border services in light of a significant drop in trade and passenger volumes, which it said was a symptom of the economic climate.

The proposed cuts to passenger, cargo and border standards operations jobs have concerned farming and horticultural groups, which are worried about possible biosecurity risks.

Biosecurity New Zealand says it has since received hundreds of public submissions on the matter suggesting a number of alternative options which need to be considered.

A decision has been delayed for two weeks.