Pest plant operations
It takes a group effort to successfully control pest plants across the region's land area of 813,005 hectares, maritime area of 786,700 hectares and the 497 kilometres of coastline.
As well as our operations, Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, local councils and landowners are all involved in pest plant control. You can get involved in your local Weedbusters group to help control pest plants in your area.
Target spraying of purple loosestrife
The Regional Pest Management Plan 2019-2039 provides the strategic direction for managing biosecurity – pest plants and animals – in our region for the next 20 years. It has the flexibility for adjustments should situations with certain difficult pests change.
This plan builds on the legacy of the past 20 years of pest plant control, and outlines the strategy for future programmes. Animals and plants identified as pests are included under five management programmes:
Each year we develop operational plans which detail the day-to-day activities – what, where and when. This is available in September.
For information about pest plant operations watch for notices in newspapers, leaflets in your letterbox, and on our Facebook page. Look for signs in parks and reserves, and follow all safety information on any signs in the area.
As well as the pest plants targeted in the plan, we also control many species of pest plants in Key Native Ecosystem (KNE) sites, wetlands, parks and reserves. For an indicative list of these plants see Appendix 2 (p.89) of the plan.
Controlling Crimson joy in Queen Elizabeth Park, Kapiti Coast
We’re part of the National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA). This is a co-operative agreement between the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of NZ, regional councils and government departments including Ministry of Primary Industries and Department of Conservation.
The plants listed under the NPPA have been declared unwanted organisms under the Biosecurity Act 1993. This prevents their sale, propagation or distribution across the country.
Our biosecurity officers periodically inspect plant outlets and markets in the region to ensure that they are not selling any unwanted organisms.