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Meet Travis Ashcroft

  • Senior Adviser, Long-term Programmes, Ministry for Primary Industries.
  • Planning & Intelligence Lead, Kauri Dieback Programme.
Job description: 

Leading a team for science research and building knowledge and tools to aid in the fight against kauri-dieback. 

Work background: 

16 years working in the biosecurity sector.

Favourite part of job: 

Working across a number of organizations to find solutions to issues.

Least favourite part of job: 

The high-profile nature of the job means you are under constant scrutiny.

What I am working on now: 

Getting some new exciting research projects. 

A quick story about a job well done: 

The huge number of strides we have made recently in terms of getting work done, addressing issues in the past and ramping up research activities over the last few years. 

A (humorous) story about a job that went badly and what you learned: 

A 4-WD training course I went on when our driving instructor was teaching us how to drive off track up a hill, he subsequently lost control and crashed our brand new work ute into a tree. Take a way message…everybody makes mistakes no matter how qualified or skilled you are in your profession. 

Travis Ashcroft wroks for the Ministry for Primary Industries. Image: MPI.