What is the GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan?
The GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan provides the strategic and statutory framework for managing pests in the greater Wellington region. It is the main regulatory component of GWRC’s Biosecurity programme. It contains pests that are controlled to benefit the region as a whole, describing the programmes, objectives and rules for management.
Guidance around the Regional Pest Management Plan requirements are outlined in the Biosecurity Act 1993 and the National Policy Direction for Pest Management 2015.
Public feedback helps us to understand the regional priorities for pest management for the next ten years.
Pests are introduced plants and animals that threaten our health, economy, Māori heritage, recreation, native plants, animals and habitats.
Why is the GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan being reviewed?
The lifespan of the current RPMS is 2002-2022. It was reviewed in 2007 and approved for implementation in 2009.
To respond to changing national biosecurity requirements, the Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012 was introduced. In particular, amendments have been made to Part 5 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) ‘Pest Management’, which legislates for regional pest management. Due to these changes it was determined that our current strategy was inconsistent with the changes, therefore requiring a full review. The new RPMP will have a lifespan of 20 years.
What is the process for including pests in the Regional Pest Management Plan?
Organisms are assessed against criteria for inclusion required by the Biosecurity Act 1993. This includes assessing their level of harm, distribution and potential of spread in the environment and on primary production land.
Where there is incomplete information around a potential pest organism, regional councils have powers to gather information, keep records and undertake research so they can manage it effectively under the Act.
A cost benefit analysis is also undertaken to ensure that the benefits of managing the organism would outweigh the costs.