Biosecurity is a priority in a high agricultural and horticultural region like Hawke's Bay and you can find out about the issues and how you can help protect us from biological threats.
The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan consultation process has now been completed and Council has adopted the Draft Plan. Please find out more here.
The NZ Biosecurity Institute defines biosecurity as: “the protection of an environment from biological threats. In New Zealand action is taken to prevent unwanted organisms from damaging the economy, natural biodiversity, or the health of the New Zealand public.”
Keeping the farm gate closed is not practical, so constant work is needed across the whole community. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council focuses on the particular biosecurity demands of the region and we manage animal pest programmes in rural and urban areas, and target specific plant pests for control or eradication. These are detailed in the Proposed Pest Management Plan.
Farmers are helping by managing possum control on their land, controlling noxious weeds and ensuring good land management practices to ensure unwanted pests don’t reinfest their land.
In urban areas, councils control weeds and animal pests on reserve land, while residents help by controlling pests on their properties and ensuring that these don’t spread to neighbouring areas.
One of our greatest successes in Hawke's Bay has been in working with property owners - both in the country and in our towns - to significantly reduce the possum population.
Note that the Regional Council does not provide services for controlling wasps, bees, flies etc – please contact a local pest controller service.
Watch our video where Mark Mitchell, our Principal Biosecurity Advisor talks about Pest Control in Hawke's Bay.
As well as other regional councils throughout New Zealand, we work with other organisations involved in biosecurity:
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