Biosecurity in Hawke’s Bay
A discussion document for the Regional Pest Management Plan review has been recently consulted on, however you can still share your views in the survey form below.
Your input is helping with the development of the plan which will be formally consulted on in 2018. This Plan will supercede the current Regional Pest and Phytosanitary Management Strategies.
The principle goal of the Regional Pest Management Plan is to limit the adverse effects of unwanted plants and animals. These invasive species can have wide ranging effects on human health, indigenous flora and fauna, our heritage, or the economy.
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 will reflect this change in attitude.
You are welcome to provide feedback below by following the discussion document here and answering the associated questions in the online submission form below.
What is biosecurity?
The NZ Biosecurity Institute defines it 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.”
Hawke’s Bay issues.
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.
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 can help by controlling pests on their properties and ensuring that these don’t spread to neighbouring areas.
Other organisations involved in biosecurity in New Zealand:
- Ministry of Primary Industries – protecting people, environment and primary sectors is a priority for MPI. They have a leading role in watching for harmful pests and diseases entering New Zealand and managing their control or eradication if they do get in.
- Department of Conservation - DOC manages 8 million hectares of land, about 30% of New Zealand's land area, and is responsible for preserving and protecting these areas, including managing threats from invasive pests and diseases.
- New Zealand Biosecurity Institute – this organisation has open membership for anyone interested in biosecurity issues, and works to raise awareness of biosecurity issues, encourages the development and application of best practice in biosecurity and connects people and organisations to share knowledge.
- Maritime New Zealand - has information on marine biosecurity issues for vessels arriving into NZ waters.
Pest control in Hawke’s Bay
In Hawke’s Bay HBRC staff work with farmers, urban residents and a wide range of organisations to effectively manage and control a range of animal and plant pests. These pests threaten our native bush, productive land, homes, gardens and a healthy environment.
One of our greatest successes has been in working with property owners to significantly reduce the possum population in the region.
Regional Pest Management Strategy - HBRC developed this strategy with the input of people and organisations in the agriculture and biosecurity sectors. This sets out the pests to be controlled in Hawke’s Bay, the goals and the work that needs to be done.
Regional Phytosanitary Strategy – Pipfruit NZ Inc., Hawke’s Bay Fruitgrower’s Association and Horticulture NZ have worked with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council on this strategy to tackle pests that can potentially do a lot of damage to our orchards, crops and farmland and therefore the regional economy - Apple black spot, Codling moth, European Canker, Fireblight, Lightbrown Apple Moth.
Note that HBRC 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.