Regional Pest Management Plan 2019 - 2039 - launched

The Plan has now launched - thanks for your input

Helping us all protect the region from pests


We are pleased to announce that the plan is now live


On 2 July 2019 the common seal of the regional council was applied to the final version of the Plan and signed by Chief Executive Greg Campbell, and Deputy Chief Executive Nigel Corry.

We gave all those that submitted to the plan fifteen working days to make any appeals on the final version, and did not receive any.

Here are our hopes for the Plan:

Close your eyes, and picture a region filled with flourishing native plants, flitting birds, crawling insects, and healthy ecosystems. A resilient natural environment around us not just for our native species, but for quality drinking water too.

We’re striving to make this vision a reality, and in order to get there it’s important we build on what we’ve achieved in biosecurity in the past, and keep pests at bay. That’s where the Plan comes in.

The Plan guides us through the next twenty years of pest control. It represents a more connected approach to protecting the most valued spots in the region. It also means more collaborations with organisations, and with you the community, for a better future.

See the plan: ten key points from the document

or

Download the full document


How we got here

We have been working hard to protect our community, primary industry and amazing regional biodiversity from the threat of invasive pests and wanted to make sure we include our local communities in how we do this. We also wanted to ensure that our work supports what we have been striving towards as a nation. That’s where our proposed Regional Pest Management Plan 2019 – 2039 comes in. We followed a year long process, including a period of consultation and a Hearing Panel to review submissions.

See the GWRC website for more information.


Helping us all protect the region from pests


We are pleased to announce that the plan is now live


On 2 July 2019 the common seal of the regional council was applied to the final version of the Plan and signed by Chief Executive Greg Campbell, and Deputy Chief Executive Nigel Corry.

We gave all those that submitted to the plan fifteen working days to make any appeals on the final version, and did not receive any.

Here are our hopes for the Plan:

Close your eyes, and picture a region filled with flourishing native plants, flitting birds, crawling insects, and healthy ecosystems. A resilient natural environment around us not just for our native species, but for quality drinking water too.

We’re striving to make this vision a reality, and in order to get there it’s important we build on what we’ve achieved in biosecurity in the past, and keep pests at bay. That’s where the Plan comes in.

The Plan guides us through the next twenty years of pest control. It represents a more connected approach to protecting the most valued spots in the region. It also means more collaborations with organisations, and with you the community, for a better future.

See the plan: ten key points from the document

or

Download the full document


How we got here

We have been working hard to protect our community, primary industry and amazing regional biodiversity from the threat of invasive pests and wanted to make sure we include our local communities in how we do this. We also wanted to ensure that our work supports what we have been striving towards as a nation. That’s where our proposed Regional Pest Management Plan 2019 – 2039 comes in. We followed a year long process, including a period of consultation and a Hearing Panel to review submissions.

See the GWRC website for more information.


The Plan has now launched - thanks for your input
  • Pest Management Plan targets healthy environment

    over 1 year ago
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    Smothering, strangling, displacing, infecting, browsing, killing. There are many ways pest plants and animals can undermine our biodiversity and primary production and, as a consequence, seriously threaten the health of our native and productive plants and animals.

    Greater Wellington Regional Council’s proposed Regional Pest Management Plan, now out for public consultation, focuses squarely on protecting and enhancing the health and vitality of the region’s environment.

    It charts how we can work together as a community to create sustainable regional biosecurity by eradicating, containing or controlling the pest plants and animals that compromise our environment.

    “For our native...

    Smothering, strangling, displacing, infecting, browsing, killing. There are many ways pest plants and animals can undermine our biodiversity and primary production and, as a consequence, seriously threaten the health of our native and productive plants and animals.

    Greater Wellington Regional Council’s proposed Regional Pest Management Plan, now out for public consultation, focuses squarely on protecting and enhancing the health and vitality of the region’s environment.

    It charts how we can work together as a community to create sustainable regional biosecurity by eradicating, containing or controlling the pest plants and animals that compromise our environment.

    “For our native plants and animals to thrive without threat we have to remain vigilant, take the most up to date approach to pest management and work with others to anticipate and manage the challenge posed by pest plants and animals,” says Greater Wellington General Manager, Catchment, Wayne O’Donnell.

    The proposed plan outlines the framework for efficiently and effectively managing or eradicating specified organisms in the Wellington region.

    “The plan will minimise the adverse environmental effects of pest plants and animals through co-ordinating activity which will exclude them from the region or reduce their number or contain them in particular locations and ensure we monitor them,” says Mr O’Donnell.

    The proposed plan will update its 10 year old predecessor and ensure it is consistent with the Government’s National Policy Direction for Pest Management. Once agreed it will remain in force for 20 years.

    The proposed plan sits within a biosecurity framework supported by a number of complementary policies and plans, including Greater Wellington’s Biodiversity Strategy, the Key Native Ecosystem Programme and Wellington City Council’s “Our Nature Capital – Wellington’s biodiversity strategy and action plan 2015.”

    “Biodiversity matters, it enriches our natural environment and our lives, but it isn’t a given. Restoring and sustaining our natural capital will take resources, effort and commitment. The proposed plan draws these factors together.”

    The public is invited to provide its feedback on the proposed plan until 27 July. Copies of the plan and the submission form and process can be found at https://haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz/pestplan

  • How did we get feedback on our discussion document?

    over 2 years 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...

    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

    over 2 years 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...

    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?

    over 2 years 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...

    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?

    over 2 years 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...

    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?

    over 2 years 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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