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Regional Pest Management Plan: Discussion Document

We want to know what you think about pest management in our region

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is beginning to develop the next Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) and we want your input.

The RPMP is developed under the Biosecurity Act and is the key policy document that directs how pests (unwanted organisms such as plants and animals) are managed in the Bay of Plenty. This discussion document has been developed to get your feedback on how pests are managed in our region, so let us know what you think of it. It signals Regional Council’s thinking on pest management in the future, including what pests we hope to continue to manage, possible changes to our pest management approach and how we might address new pest management challenges.

Some key proposals in the discussion document include:

  • Inclusion of new pests.
  • Reclassification of some existing pests.
  • Greater focus on preventing new pests coming into the region.
  • Reduced intervention on the management of some well-established pests.
  • Greater obligation on landowners to manage some pests on their land.
  • New pest management approaches such as the use of pathway planning and good neighbour rules.

You can read the full version of the RPMP discussion document here. Alternatively, contact Lisa Power, Senior Planner 0800 884 880 for a hard copy.

Tell us what you think

You can help us shape the region’s next Pest Management Plan by providing your feedback on the discussion document. Feel free to use the feedback form available here, or you may just prefer to tell us in your own words:

  • Which pests should be included and why?
  • How could we prevent new pests arriving or spreading in our region?
  • Are there any sites that need special and focused pest management?
  • When is pest management a government, regional, ratepayer, industry, community or landowner responsibility – and, importantly, who should pay for pest management?

Feedback can be emailed to pestplan@boprc.govt.nz or sent to

Bay of Plenty Regional Council
P.O. Box 364
Whakatāne
3158
C/O Lisa Power

Feedback must be submitted by Monday, 1st May 2017.

Note: The existing RPMP remains in operation until 30 September 2017. Council intends to notify the next RPMP before the current one expires.