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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 2019 coverThe Regional Pest Management Plan came into effect on 1 February 2019. Its primary aim 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. This Plan supercedes the previous Regional Pest and Phytosanitary Management Strategies.

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

  • Regional Pest Management Plan
  • Hawke’s Bay Biodiversity Strategy
  • the Regional Council Strategic Plan
  • neighbouring Regional Pest Management Plans
  • national legislation, policy and initiatives.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan

Review complete

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has completed the review of the pest management approaches for Hawke's Bay. The Council adopted the Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan which commenced on 1 February 2019, after being publicly notified on Monday 28 January 2019.

Positive engagement from the community through the release of a discussion document in 2017 has helped shape this proposed plan. Council also worked with key stakeholders, including farmers, contractors, agencies and members of the community.  We thank all those who have contributed to the review. 

Copy of LTP graphic

 Major changes in the new Plan

Over the past 15 years, approximately 80% of the regional council’s biosecurity budget has focused 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 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 5% RTC within 500m of a boundary of a neighbouring property where a possum control operation is in place.  
  • Inclusion of a Feral Goat Coordinated Management Area (CMA) programme based on the same principles as the successful Possum Control Area (PCA) programme.
  • Addition of wallabies as an exclusion pest.  These are found in neighbouring regions and the Council wants to keep them out of Hawke’s Bay.
  • Inclusion of an Old man’s beard programme along the Kaweka and Ruahine Ranges to support the Department of Conservation’s programme in preventing it establishing within the ranges.
  • Addition of 5 pest plant species to an exclusion programme, with the aim of preventing them establishing in the Hawke’s Bay region - Noogoora bur, 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.
  • Inclusion of a Wilding Conifer programme.
  • A new programme that allows Possum Control Areas to be converted to Predator Control Areas or Possum Eradication Areas.

Documents and Reports

Hawke’s Bay Regional Pest Management Plan 2019-2039

Public Notice January 2019

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

the Regional Council 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


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 -  Regional Pest Management Plan Discussion Document 2017


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