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

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is developing the next Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP).

The Proposed RPMP was publicly notified on 25 September 2018 and 56 submissions were received.

Staff are preparing a staff report with a recommended response for each submission point raised. This will be presented to Council early in 2020.

Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan

Navigating your way through the Proposed RPMP

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 outweigh the pest at that level must outweigh the costs.

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

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.

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 three months of the RPMP becoming operative. Below is an example of our current operation plan. This plan allows for adaptive management and innovative solutions.

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.

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

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

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