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Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP)

The RPMP guides all our pest control programmes. We aim to identify and control targeted pests so that they no longer pose a threat to our economy, natural biodiversity, health and cultural identity.​

​What the RPMP does

The RPMP sets our priorities and goals for managing animal and plant pests in Auckland / Tāmaki Makaurau.

It also sets out rules that must be complied with under the Biosecurity Act.

Regional Pest Management Plan 2020–2030

Our objective with this plan is minimising harm to:

  • endangered species
  • species diversity
  • water quality
  • recreation
  • international trade
  • human health
  • soil resources
  • Māori culture
  • primary production.

Who is responsible for managing pests?

  • Landowners and occupiers who hold the primary responsibility for managing pests, especially near native ecosystems.
  • People selling plants and animals must ensure they don't sell pest species.
  • Pet or livestock owners must ensure their animals are securely contained and do not escape in the wild.
  • People visiting islands in the Hauraki Gulf and commercial transport operators must ensure they don’t accidentally spread pests to new islands.
  • People using lakes, streams and other freshwater bodies must ensure they don’t spread pests to new waterbodies.

Auckland Council provides advice, support and community education on the threats and control of pests – see Pest plants and animals for more information.

In areas of high conservation value or where there is serious threat, we will also undertake control of certain species on behalf of the community.

Get a copy of the RPMP

The RPMP is split into separate files to make it easier to download. All parts of the plan are operative from 10 November 2020, except the marine pest sections (sections 2.4 and 7.7.11) which are operative  from the week of 25 January 2021.

​Learn more about the RPMP

For more information, email us at


Section 78 of the Biosecurity Act allows Auckland Council to issue exemptions to aspects of the RPMP, under certain conditions, including that the exemption must not significantly prejudice attainment of the plan’s objectives.

View summary of exemptions

Summary of existing exemptions is recorded in the Exemptions Register. To view the Exemptions Register, contact

If you are granted an exemption, we will add it to this register, but no personal details will be publicly visible.

Apply for an exemption to part of the RPMP

To apply for an exemption, complete the form and email it to us.

We’ll respond to your application within 20 working days.

Operational plan to implement the RPMP

Section 100B of the Biosecurity Act sets out requirements for an operational plan, showing how the council will implement the RPMP. Progress against the operational plan will be reported annually.


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