Special members represent Government Agencies and have full voting rights. They have automatic positions on the Council and do not pay an annual subscription to PMAC Inc.
Peter Thomson is the Director at MPI's Plants, Food and Environment, Standards Directorate
The Plants, Food and Environment Directorate is made up of three groups; Food and Beverage, Biosecurity and Environment and Import and Export Plants.
It is responsible for the development and implementation of regulatory and non regulatory interventions for a number of areas, including, the import of plants, plant products and inanimate objects; transitional facilities, plant containment facilities, border and marine pathways; and the production, processing, handling and sale of food within New Zealand, including implementation of Joint Food Standards. They are also accountable for providing general requirements for exports of plants, plant products, organic products, food and beverages.
The Plants, Food and the Environment directorate will be the first port of call for all PMAC members and Plant product groups. Any queries should be sent to
Tim Knox is Director of MPI's Market Access Directorate .
This directorate draws together from an International trade access perspective biosecurity and food safety issues. Staff work closely with MFAT. Market access and assurance’s main functions include:
Richard Ivess represents MFAT interests on PMAC. He joined MFAT as Senior Specialist in primary industry matters with the , Trade Negotiations Division Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Richard has supported plant exports for the majority of his working life working for MAF (now MPI) dealing with horticultural products and their exports. In the early 200's he spent 3 years representing New Zealand at the FAO in Rome. He joined MFAT on his return from that position.
Richard can be contacted at Richard.Ivess@mfat.govt.nz