Helping us all protect the region from pests: Developing a Regional Pest Management Plan

Protecting our amazing biodiversity, from backyards to bush reserves, and looking after our unique primary production is everyone’s business. From the chew card by your rubbish bin, treating invasive plants, or setting stoat traps in Queen Elizabeth Park, we want to make sure that the approach we take to pest control has a regional focus and supports all the amazing work that is going on from a national down to a local level.

We need to ensure that our goals for protecting both our native species and the places we value, are aligned with your community and iwi values, expectations and needs. This will go a long way to guarantee we have a robust approach to pest management in the future.

In order to do this we want to understand your priorities for pest management in the region over the next ten years. By understanding your priorities, we can develop a Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) that will guide our pest management activity, give it a regional focus and provide that vital support for the awesome work that happens throughout the region.


Thanks for your feedback!

Thanks so much to everyone that shared their initial thoughts with us. The feedback we heard is detailed below.

On this webpage you can also read the discussion document and current strategy or sign up for project updates to stay involved throughout the process below.


Protecting our amazing biodiversity, from backyards to bush reserves, and looking after our unique primary production is everyone’s business. From the chew card by your rubbish bin, treating invasive plants, or setting stoat traps in Queen Elizabeth Park, we want to make sure that the approach we take to pest control has a regional focus and supports all the amazing work that is going on from a national down to a local level.

We need to ensure that our goals for protecting both our native species and the places we value, are aligned with your community and iwi values, expectations and needs. This will go a long way to guarantee we have a robust approach to pest management in the future.

In order to do this we want to understand your priorities for pest management in the region over the next ten years. By understanding your priorities, we can develop a Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) that will guide our pest management activity, give it a regional focus and provide that vital support for the awesome work that happens throughout the region.


Thanks for your feedback!

Thanks so much to everyone that shared their initial thoughts with us. The feedback we heard is detailed below.

On this webpage you can also read the discussion document and current strategy or sign up for project updates to stay involved throughout the process below.


  • How did we get feedback on our discussion document?

    about 2 months ago
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    During June and July of 2017 we asked for feedback in regards to the development of our Regional Pest Management Strategy 2018 – 2038. This feedback will input into the development of the proposed Plan. There will be further opportunity for formal submission when the proposed plan is drafted.

    During this engagement phase we ran a community group workshop, promoted our webpage to gather feedback and contacted and met with stakeholders. As part of the initial process, we also met with iwi of the region, local councils and DOC to discuss the Plan and pest management in the region.

    Feedback... Continue reading

    During June and July of 2017 we asked for feedback in regards to the development of our Regional Pest Management Strategy 2018 – 2038. This feedback will input into the development of the proposed Plan. There will be further opportunity for formal submission when the proposed plan is drafted.

    During this engagement phase we ran a community group workshop, promoted our webpage to gather feedback and contacted and met with stakeholders. As part of the initial process, we also met with iwi of the region, local councils and DOC to discuss the Plan and pest management in the region.

    Feedback from all interested parties will be taken into account in the development of the Plan. Check back to this webpage for updates, or sign up for project notifications when we are in the next stage of the project.

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  • Overall themes of what we heard from you

    about 2 months ago
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    We asked and you told us what you would like us to focus on in our Regional Pest Management Plan. Below are the overall themes that we heard.

    1. There is a high demand for more engagement and consultation with community groups, and in general more engagement with the general public.

    2. There were a number of people and groups looking for a more collaborative approach i.e. both working with community groups and also for GWRC to work closer with our Council partners to present a more united front.

    3. GWRC should act as more of a facilitator rather than... Continue reading

    We asked and you told us what you would like us to focus on in our Regional Pest Management Plan. Below are the overall themes that we heard.

    1. There is a high demand for more engagement and consultation with community groups, and in general more engagement with the general public.

    2. There were a number of people and groups looking for a more collaborative approach i.e. both working with community groups and also for GWRC to work closer with our Council partners to present a more united front.

    3. GWRC should act as more of a facilitator rather than the practitioner, and assist in the coordination of community groups more. We should work with and support community groups.

    4. We should consider stopping application of aerial 1080 aerially, and undertake more trapping in the region (as opposed to aerial application).

    5. We need to balance the wants of recreational hunters with the undertaking of pest control, and utilise these groups more

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  • What did our community groups say?

    about 2 months ago
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    We held a workshop at which we invited 119 community groups throughout the greater Wellington region to attend, to give us their thoughts on the direction of the GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan.

    The outstanding theme from these workshops was a call for increased collaboration with community groups. There was demand for more sharing of data, knowledge and information to achieve effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of activity. This goes hand in hand with the call for increased promotion and awareness of what GWrc does in the region and who are the key contacts. Working with other councils to create a... Continue reading

    We held a workshop at which we invited 119 community groups throughout the greater Wellington region to attend, to give us their thoughts on the direction of the GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan.

    The outstanding theme from these workshops was a call for increased collaboration with community groups. There was demand for more sharing of data, knowledge and information to achieve effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of activity. This goes hand in hand with the call for increased promotion and awareness of what GWrc does in the region and who are the key contacts. Working with other councils to create a collective aspirational and visionary regional plan was another consideration raised.

    In the wake of Predator Free 2050, there was a call for help in setting up community pest control programmes, enabling groups with ‘how to’/best practices and funding to ensure sustainability of groups.

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  • What did you tell us through our survey?

    about 2 months ago
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    We received 56 submissions from you via our online form and a handful of submissions via email and phone.

    The GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan is a strategic document relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them. A number of submissions related to operational aspects to achieve goals. A number of people made the same point (but framed it differently) in all of the questions, therefore the same points are noted in the three sections.

    The following responses are to the questions outlined in our Discussion Document.

    Question One: Is the... Continue reading

    We received 56 submissions from you via our online form and a handful of submissions via email and phone.

    The GWRC Regional Pest Management Plan is a strategic document relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them. A number of submissions related to operational aspects to achieve goals. A number of people made the same point (but framed it differently) in all of the questions, therefore the same points are noted in the three sections.

    The following responses are to the questions outlined in our Discussion Document.

    Question One: Is the GWRC current approach to pest management working well? What is working well and what areas could we improve?

    The approach in general was seen as working well with mention on the success of trapping programmes, particularly regarding possum control, and the improvements in bush and birdlife. Other positive comments mentioned Wellington being the national leaders in biodiversity improvements, and going for a bigger picture approach.

    In areas for improvement there was a strong voice for more engagement and consultation with community groups. This was in relation to setting up and funding of pest control programmes, hunting in the region, wasp control and feedback on results of pest control.

    There were requests for more education and awareness of emerging pest threats and services that GWRC provides; help was needed in sourcing and funding traps (or free) and setting up pest control.

    Cats were of topic in relation to funding of controlling feral cats, control of cats with microchips and neutering, and desire for GWRC to provide leadership on cat management.

    There was a number of submissions to reduce the reliance on toxins (specifically the aerial application of 1080), and balance the needs of hunters with pest control.

    Other points of feedback include working with organisations for stricter boundary control of pest plants, reintroduce bounties, ensure humanness of control, how much funding do we put to research toxin alternatives, and encouraging other councils to do more.


    Question Two: Is the proposed approach of the Plan summarised in this document on the right track? Which aspects do you particularly agree or disagree with?

    The proposed approach was ‘generally on the right track’, with this ‘right track’ including pest control and protecting native bush and waterways. The structure of the current Strategy outlining funding, objectives and means of objectives was mentioned. Feral cats being included as a site-led species, as was the inclusion of velvetleaf in the new Plan was noted as being supported by a number of people.

    More coordination of efforts was the emergent theme; coordination with community groups and also between local councils and the Department of Conservation. More community consultation regarding Key Native Ecosystem (KNE) areas and local hunters is sought, as well as in development of the plan.

    Other points raised were:

    · promoting a universal online tool i.e. Nature Space

    · banning aerial 1080

    · provide more information on specific site-led pest management operations

    · agreement on undertaking a Cost Benefit Analysis on Canada Geese, and request to implement a regional management programme

    · request to add protection of native butterflies to the Plan

    · continued biocontrol

    · providing regional support and leadership for community groups

    · reducing number of species in RPMP

    · intensifying pest control

    · to not omit exotic fish from the 'exclusion programme', and have perch in a site-led programme

    · redefining deer and pigs as a legitimate resource


    Question Three: How can GWRC support you or your community-led pest management activities and initiatives?

    The loudest theme was that of a need for increased support for community pest control, with more advice /information/training to help set up groups, and actively engage groups so they collaborate with one another for a regionally coordinated approach. This sits alongside the question of, “How is GWRC going to be involved with Predator Free 2050?” Within the theme of ‘increased support of community pest control’ was a need for increased awareness of what pests are in the area and what people can do to help, and, to consider greater involvement of hunters. Provision of resources was another strong theme, including education to groups (including rural events), funding, and free or subsidised traps.

    Other suggestions for how GWRC can support individuals or community groups mentioned:

    · allowing hunting in East Harbour Regional Park

    · support local councils to provide a unified front,

    · ensure deer repellent is used in aerial 1080 operations and/or, stop aerial 1080

    · reintroduce bounties on pest animals

    · use less toxin and more traps

    · include wasp traps on existing trap lines

    · lead and operate a trap library

    · run a website for monitoring pest animals

    · hold a ‘weeds, wine and pest’ evening and have an education officer to help community groups

    · make it easier to determine ‘what council does what’ and where their boundaries lie


    Question Four: Do you have any further comments about pest management in the greater Wellington region?

    The outstanding theme in the ‘further comments’ section was for GWRC to increase awareness of what we do. Suggestions to achieve this included:

    · have a central web location

    · more info about pest control operations (specifically 1080)

    · get people to record kills

    · increased collaboration and targeting of community groups for site-led programmes

    · provide more information on new methods and innovations to community groups (also provide feedback loops of successes)

    · more information on Predator Free 2050

    · help with motivation and funding

    Other points noted were:

    · to increase resource into trapping rather than toxins

    · ban aerial 1080

    · pay more attention to cats and their management in ecologically sensitive areas, and create responsible cat management legislation

    · outline how domestic pets can be considered in wider pest management

    · site-specific control of Rosellas

    · use prisoners to undertake pest control

    · reintroduce skinks where they have become extant

    · create community garden plots with examples of pest plants and natives

    · more blackberry, gorse, wasp and Old Man’s Beard control

    · take into consideration climate change


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  • What species did you mention to us?

    about 2 months ago
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    We asked you what species we should consider as part of our Regional Pest Management Plan. Here is what you told us:

    Deer, pigs, goats, rats, mustelids, cats, hedgehogs, rabbits, possums, magpies, wasps, Eastern rosella, forest Ringlet butterfly, perch, Japanese honeysuckle, boneseed, cherry trees, blackberry and gorse, arum lily, tradescantia, pampas, banana passionfruit and phoenix palm.

    What do you think? Any others to add?

    We asked you what species we should consider as part of our Regional Pest Management Plan. Here is what you told us:

    Deer, pigs, goats, rats, mustelids, cats, hedgehogs, rabbits, possums, magpies, wasps, Eastern rosella, forest Ringlet butterfly, perch, Japanese honeysuckle, boneseed, cherry trees, blackberry and gorse, arum lily, tradescantia, pampas, banana passionfruit and phoenix palm.

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