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Caring for our park buffers

We need to protect our native plants and wildlife from one of the biggest threats in our region: weeds.

Managing park buffers

A park buffer is an area surrounding a park with restrictions on pest plants to protect parks with special ecological values.

To prevent the spread of pest plants into ecologically important parks, there is a 500m buffer area of selected pest plants.

The Regional Pest Management Plan sets objectives and rules about how we manage pests across Auckland.

If you live in a buffer zone, you are required to control these selected pest plants.

Diagram of a 500m buffer zone around a park.

Check if you are in a park buffer zone

Check on the map to find park buffers where the pest plant rules apply. For more information, see GeoMaps.

Why we need to control park buffer weeds

These pest plants:

  • can cause forest collapse by smothering native plants or preventing them from seeding
  • are spread by birds or wind
  • can establish in shade and mature native bush.

Find out more about pest plants

Click on the images below to find out more about each pest plant:

A spiny green bush with red berries.

Bushy asparagus


A green spiny plant with orange berries.

Climbing asparagus


Broad leaves with white flowers and a large green fruit.

Moth plant


Leather like glossy leaves with ants crawling over a bunch of small red berries.

Rhamnus


Flat long leaves with tall stems leading to yellow flowers.

Wild ginger


Hairy big leaves with a bunch of small green berries in the centre and a bluster of small purple flowers towards the left.

Woolly nightshade


Controlling other weeds

To find out how to control other weed species that may be a threat to the environment or to your garden, see:

Follow community projects that you can get involved in on the Auckland Biodiversity Facebook page.

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