Auckland Council’s biosecurity dog team is gathering this week with their counterparts from the Department of Conservation and private contractors across the country for a ‘nose to tail’ convention. Sixteen certified pest detection dogs and their handlers from around the country will spend a week in camp (16–20 October) on Motutapu Island. “Within Auckland we have some of the most visited pest-free islands in New Zealand, so having these canines on the frontline who are mobile, fast and versatile is a critical part of our biosecurity detection capability,” says Liz Brooks of Auckland Council’s Biosecurity team.