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Regional Pest Management Plan Review

The Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan consultation process has now been completed and Council has adopted the Draft Plan.

RPMP pest planThe principle goal of the Regional Pest Management Plan is to limit the adverse effects of unwanted plants, animals, horticultural and marine pests. These invasive species can have wide ranging effects on human health, indigenous flora and fauna, our heritage, or the economy. When finalised, this Plan will supercede the current Regional Pest and Phytosanitary Management Strategies.

Regional pest management sits within a biosecurity framework for the Hawke’s Bay region, which includes:

Positive engagement from the community through the release of a discussion document in 2017 has helped shape this proposed plan. Council has also been working with key stakeholders including farmers, contractors, agencies and members of the community.

Draft Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan

Where we are in this process

We are currently at Step 7 – decision and final adoption. Pursuant to section 75 of the Biosecurity Act 1993, Council adopted the Report and Recommendations of the Hearing Panel as the Council's written report and decision on the Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan 2018-2038 at the Council meeting held on 28 November 2018. Those who submitted on the Plan and do not agree with the Councils decision are entitled to refer that decision to the Environment Court pursuant to section 76 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. Any application to the Environment Court under Clause (5) must be made within 15 working days after the date of the public notice.

Copy of LTP graphic


Documents and Reports

Report and Recommendations of the RPMP Hearing Panel

Appendix 1 - Hearing Panel Recommendations on Submissions

Appendix 2 - draft Hawke's Bay Regional Pest Management Plan 2018-2038

Appendix 3 - Minutes of the Panel

RPMP hearing minutes 2018

Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan Hearing Schedule 2018

RPMP Minute 1 – direction of hearing panel

RPMP Minute 2 - Hearing Panel questions

RPMP Minute 3

HBRC s70 and s71 Analysis RPMP Proposal Jan 2018

RPMP Staff Recommendations Report May2018

Proposal for Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan

Submissions to the Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan

Staff response to Hearing Panel Minute 2 31 July 2018

Staff Narrative Report to accompany Draft Plan

Appendix A - Assessment against the Sections 73 and 74 of the BSA

Staff opening presentation


Over the past 15 years, approximately 80% of HBRC’s biosecurity budget has been focussed on pests affecting agricultural production. There is now a growing community expectation for a greater focus on protecting our native species and habitats and to recognise the biodiversity gains achieved from our current programmes.  The plan reflects this change in attitude.

Major changes in the proposed plan are -

  • Inclusion of marine pest management programme.
  • Reduction of the catch trap (RTC) rate in Possum Control Areas from 5% to 4%.  
  • Addition of a ‘good neighbour’ rule for possums -  possums will need to be controlled to 4% RTC within 500m of a boundary of a neighbouring property where a possum control operation is in place.  
  • Addition of another ‘good neighbour’ rule for feral goats requires responsible management of goats within 500m of a neighbouring property where that property is actively managing feral goats to protect native plantings or biodiversity values. 
  • Addition of wallabies as an exclusion pest.  These are found in neighbouring regions.
  • Addition of 6 pest plant species to an exclusion programme, with the aim of preventing them establishing in the Hawke’s Bay region - Noogoora bur, Yellow bristle grass, Alligator weed, Marshwort, Senegal tea, Spartina.  These are currently not found in Hawke’s Bay.  Cathedral bell and Darwin’s barberry which are in the region have also been included in the plan for the first time.
  • A new programme that allows Possum Control Areas to be converted to Predator Control Areas.

Documents for further reading

Hawke’s Bay Regional Possum Control Technical Protocol (PN 4969)

Hawke’s Bay Regional Predator Control Technical Protocol (PN 4970)

Proposed Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan Cost - Benefit Analysis and Cost Allocation Report

The discussion document used to inform and develop the plan during 2017 is available below.

 Regional Pest Management Plan Discussion Document 2017

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