The proposed Regional Pest Management Plan was publicly notified for submissions in February-March 2018. The plan sets objectives and rules to manage pests in the region, and protect Auckland’s priority ecosystems, threatened species and primary production.
The plan relies on a variety of statutory and non-statutory actions to do this, including:
- delivery of pest control by council
- education and behaviour change programmes.
Council approved the adoption of a new Regional Pest Management Plan 2019-2029 on 12 March 2019.
The plan was publicly notified on 21 March 2019.
There have been five appeals lodged with the Environment Court since the plan's adoption.
These relate to:
- marine pests
- region-wide land occupier responsibilities for pest plants
- pest control in the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area
- red-eared slider turtles.
The process following appeals
The Environment Court will schedule mediation with council and the people who lodged appeals. These will take place between July and September 2019. If mediation is unsuccessful, hearings will be scheduled.
Following this mediation, we will assess whether some parts of the plan that aren't being appealed can be made operative.
The existing Regional Pest Management Strategy will remain in effect until it is replaced by an operative Regional Pest Management Plan (either in part or in full).
Read the plan for more information: