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Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan

The Proposed RPMP is open for submissions until 6 November 2018.

Note: The existing 2011-2016 Regional Pest Management Plan will remain in use until the Proposed Plan 2018-2028 is finalised and made operative.

 PRPM front cover


Navigating your way through the Proposed RPMP

Pests included in the Proposed RPMP are listed alphabetically in plant and animal groups.

Pests included in the Proposed RPMP 274KB

The above link also tells you what programme(s), the pests sit in. These programmes set out what we want to achieve in managing these pests and how the pests will be managed.

Management Regimes for Different Pests 199KB

The pest programmes chosen for each pest depends on a number of reasons.  Essentially the management goal must be achievable, there must be enough funding to support that programme and the benefits to outweigh the pest at that pest programme level must outweigh the costs.

The link below sets out Council’s thinking and consideration of costs and benefits to manage each pest.

Meeting the Biosecurity Act Requirements 5.3MB

For some pests, there will be rules that require action from landowners and occupiers.

Rules to manage pests in the Proposed RPMP 269KB

Some rules require immediate action while others might come into force on a ‘need for action’ basis. For example, if in time Council decides a particular pest has become more of an issue or needs a higher level of management, it will provide written direction to relevant occupiers to remove it.

Have your say

We welcome your submission on the Proposed RPMP.

  • Is the pest you are concerned about in the Proposed RPMP?
  • Do you think the pests in the Proposed RPMP are in the right programme?
  • Would you like to see a higher level of management for any pest? Who should be responsible? 

Once the submission period has closed, we will contact all submitters to discuss the issues they have raised. Please ensure you provide contact details.

Council is aware that some community expectations on how specific pests should be managed do not align with the pest programmes. For example:

      Issue 1 - We know gorse contributes to the nitrification of lake and water quality. Council is undertaking a lot of work to reduce nitrogen entering the lakes, for example through its incentives scheme. Even though our cost benefit assessments did not support more regulatory intervention for gorse management, we acknowledge this
is a special case. Should we include a rule and allocate funding to ensure gorse is removed in nitrogen sensitive catchments?

     Issue 2 - There are indications that woolly nightshade provides a suitable habitat for Queensland fruitfly. The Port of Tauranga is a high risk area for the fruitfly to enter New Zealand. Our Proposed rule provides for intervention on a need for action basis. Should we identify the Port as an area needing more stringent pest
removal through the Proposed RPMP?


Sitting alongside the Proposed RPMP

The detail of how pests will be managed will be set out in our Operational Plan which must be developed within 3 months of the RPMP becoming operative. Below is an example of our current operation plan. This plan allows for adaptive management and innovative solutions.

Current Operational Plan 240KB

If the pest you are concerned about is not included in the RPMP, Council will still have an education and advisory role. Some examples of these pests are in the link below.

Examples of Non-RPMP Pests 2MB