Pests are unwanted plants and animals that have significant impacts on our environment, economy and our people.

The Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty 2011-2016 sets out what Council is trying to achieve through our efforts to manage pest plants and pest animals in the region. It identifies a set of key outcomes that we wish to see achieved, and some high level objectives and rules that need to be followed to help realise the outcomes.

The existing Regional Pest Management Plan 2011-2016 will remain in use until the Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan for the Bay of Plenty region is finalised and made operative.

Proposed Regional Pest Management

The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) was publicly notified on 25 September 2018 and 56 submissions were received.

Following discussions with each of the submitters, staff prepared a report with a recommended response for each submission point raised. This was presented to Council on 30 September 2020 and Council’s decisions were publicly notified on 3 November 2020.

Submitters to the proposed plan are able to make an application to the Environment Court against Council’s decisions.

The following matters may be the subject of an application to the Environment Court:

(a)        any aspect of the plan,

(b)        whether the plan is inconsistent with the national policy direction,

(c)        whether the process requirements for a plan in the national policy direction, if there were any, were complied with.

Any applications to the Environment Court must be made within a period of 15 working days after the 3 November 2020.

If no applications are made then Council will fix its seal to the plan making it  operative.

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

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.

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 manage the pest at that level must outweigh the costs.

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

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.

A large number of well-established pests that did not meet the thresholds prescribed by the Biosecurity Act 1993 to be included in the RPMP’s pest management programmes have been added as Advisory pests.

  • Advisory pests in Appendix 1.

Council has a strategic direction for pest management in the region. This sets out Council’s overall biosecurity objectives and aspirations and illustrates how the Council intends to achieve them, including leading pest management responses, supporting other agencies and initiatives and providing advice.

  • Council’s Strategic Direction for Pest Management
  • How Council is delivering its Strategic Direction

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

For a hard copy of the Proposed RPMP, please contact Marie Radford on 0800 884 880 ext 8328.

To discuss any aspect of the Proposed RPMP, please contact Lisa Power on 0800 884 881 ext 9322.

See more about Council’s role in managing pests within the region.

Annual operational plans and reports

Each year we produce an annual operational plan that sets operational targets and specific performance measures that link to the outcomes and objectives in the long-term Regional Pest Management Plan. At the end of the year we report on the highlights and issues from the previous year as well as progress against the specific targets.

Operational plans

Annual reports