Rau Paenga is working with the Ministry for Primary Industries on plans for a new Plant Health and Environment Laboratory (PHEL) and Post-entry Quarantine Facilities (PEQ) in Mt Albert.
An Implementation Business Case which will finalise costs and delivery arrangements for the new facilities will be delivered to Ministers in late 2024.
Forecasting shows that demand for Plant Health and Environment Laboratory and Surveillance services is expected to grow. The new 12,400m2 PHEL and PEQ facilities will be designed to meet the growing demand for biosecurity services for New Zealand’s plant-based sectors and will promote further development of the sector’s export potential.
Rau Paenga will also support MPI with the completion of its interim Post-entry Quarantine facility, which is currently under construction on the Mt Albert campus and is expected to be complete towards the end of 2023.
Rau Paenga's involvement with these projects will allow MPI to focus on its wider transformation programme and the biosecurity challenges facing New Zealand.