Proposal for a Southland Pest Management Plan

Harmful species – animal, plant and marine – pose a major threat to our region, both ecologically and economically.

The current Regional Pest Management Strategy needs to be reviewed to meet the new requirements in the Government’s National Policy Direction for Pest Management. To do this we have undertaken a significant review of the existing strategy and, in consultation with interested groups and individuals, we have developed a proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan, accompanied by a Biosecurity Strategy.

The strategy outlines how Environment Southland will oversee the management of biosecurity over the next 10 years, including key objectives and how these may be achieved. It’s our vision for biosecurity into the future and, together with the proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan, tells Environment Southland’s biosecurity story.

The new proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan looks quite different to the previous Pest Management Strategy because it contains fewer specified pests and rules. This is largely because many harmful species do not need regional rules to manage them.

The plan includes 72 specific pests, along with good neighbour rules, and proposes two site-led programmes. The proposed site-led programmes, at Omaui and Stewart Island/Rakiura allow for rules specific to these areas to be introduced. At both of these locations, this will mean introducing rules that apply to domestic cats.

New rules relating to wilding conifers are also included in the plan. Wilding conifers can have a major impact on native ecosystems and there has already been significant investment in control work. The new rules will help protect that investment and any future work.

Submissions

Submissions report - Proposed Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Submissions - Proposed Biosecurity Strategy

Hearings

Hearings have been scheduled for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February 2019. On Wednesday 20 March there will be an opportunity to hear staff responses to Questions. For more details please see the hearing schedule.

Hearing Panel - Minute 1

Supporting documents

Proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Proposed Biosecurity Strategy (including Operations Plan)
Cost Benefit Analysis Part A
Cost Benefit Analysis Part B
Strategy Summary
Consultation document
Submissions report - Proposed Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Submissions - Proposed Biosecurity Strategy

Harmful species – animal, plant and marine – pose a major threat to our region, both ecologically and economically.

The current Regional Pest Management Strategy needs to be reviewed to meet the new requirements in the Government’s National Policy Direction for Pest Management. To do this we have undertaken a significant review of the existing strategy and, in consultation with interested groups and individuals, we have developed a proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan, accompanied by a Biosecurity Strategy.

The strategy outlines how Environment Southland will oversee the management of biosecurity over the next 10 years, including key objectives and how these may be achieved. It’s our vision for biosecurity into the future and, together with the proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan, tells Environment Southland’s biosecurity story.

The new proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan looks quite different to the previous Pest Management Strategy because it contains fewer specified pests and rules. This is largely because many harmful species do not need regional rules to manage them.

The plan includes 72 specific pests, along with good neighbour rules, and proposes two site-led programmes. The proposed site-led programmes, at Omaui and Stewart Island/Rakiura allow for rules specific to these areas to be introduced. At both of these locations, this will mean introducing rules that apply to domestic cats.

New rules relating to wilding conifers are also included in the plan. Wilding conifers can have a major impact on native ecosystems and there has already been significant investment in control work. The new rules will help protect that investment and any future work.

Submissions

Submissions report - Proposed Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Submissions - Proposed Biosecurity Strategy

Hearings

Hearings have been scheduled for Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February 2019. On Wednesday 20 March there will be an opportunity to hear staff responses to Questions. For more details please see the hearing schedule.

Hearing Panel - Minute 1

Supporting documents

Proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Proposed Biosecurity Strategy (including Operations Plan)
Cost Benefit Analysis Part A
Cost Benefit Analysis Part B
Strategy Summary
Consultation document
Submissions report - Proposed Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Submissions - Proposed Biosecurity Strategy