Story: Biosecurity

Lonely cow

Lonely cow

A cow in quarantine stands in the exercise yard on Matiu/Somes Island, Wellington Harbour, in 1970. The floor is covered with heavy-duty vinyl and the yards are covered with wire mesh to keep birds out. Imported animals are still placed in quarantine to ensure that they do not carry pests or diseases, although modern quarantine locations, known as transitional facilities, are now on the mainland.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1970/5206/18a

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How to cite this page:

Helen Keyes and Carl Walrond, 'Biosecurity - Definitions and history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2021)

Story by Helen Keyes and Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008