He founded biosecurity in New Zealand, developed new systems for protecting native plants and agriculture from pests and disease, and established new standards for animal welfare, but John Hellstrom’s proudest moment was getting a native parrot on the cover of the biosecurity strategy booklet.

Dr Hellstrom, of Endeavour Inlet in Queen Charlotte Sound, was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours list today.

“I was so surprised. I’m also very proud, because it’s good to see biosecurity recognised in such a way.”


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