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Regional Pest Management in the Auckland Region. Miranda Bennett. Regional Pest Management Strategy. RPMS’s are 5 year planning documents, required under the Biosecurity Act 1993 1. What is a pest 2. How this pest will be managed, and by whom 3. How this management will be funded.

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Regional pest management strategy
Regional Pest Management Strategy

  • RPMS’s are 5 year planning documents, required under the Biosecurity Act 1993

    1. What is a pest

    2. How this pest will be managed, and by whom

    3. How this management will be funded



  • RPMS’s cover a huge range of organisms… full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • Auckland RPMS 2002-2007 covers:

    • 150 plant spp

    • 20 animal spp.

  • Most Regional Councils have very similar strategies and budgets


Rpms budget
RPMS Budget full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • The Auckland Regional Council Biosecurity budget is approx $4.6M pa.


Budget breakdown
Budget breakdown full community and stakeholder consultation…

External costs

  • $1.1M - regional possum control

  • $249K - assistance to community groups 

  • $400K - advice & publicity

  • $300K – surveillance

  • $60K - programme and policy development

  • $100K - outcome monitoring

  • $500K - low incidence plants


Budget breakdown1
Budget breakdown full community and stakeholder consultation…

External cost cont…

  • $135K - biological control

  • $715K - ARC Parks weed control

  • $205K - Strategic Weeds Initiative

  • $340K - goat, deer, Argentine ant, feral pig, rabbit, pest fish control, bovine Tb surveys


Budget breakdown2
Budget breakdown full community and stakeholder consultation…

Internal costs

  • $1.7M salaries etc.

  • It is expected that this commitment will need to rise by 20-40% over the next 5 years (excluding inflation) to meet new biosecurity issues and threats


How does arc measure pest prevalence and programme success
How does ARC measure pest prevalence and programme success? full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • PDA field data collection

  • Output monitoring

  • Outcome monitoring

  • Monitor Public acceptance (of biosecurity programmes generally)

  • Landcare Research monitors success of biocontrol programmes


Monitoring methodologies
Monitoring methodologies full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • These are generally in their infancy worldwide for exotic spp management.

  • FORST, DoC, RCs and research providers are currently working on developing & funding research projects.


Research needs
Research Needs full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • National and Regional Surveillance Systems

    Identified by all RCs and Biosecurity NZ as one of the top priorities. 

  • Cost - Benefit Analysis

    Required for all spp to be included in RPMSs.  Appropriate CBA models covering all likely RPMS programme scenarios


Research needs1
Research Needs full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • Risk Analysis

  • Screening of potential new spp at the border

  • Identification of pest vectors post-border

    -What is spreading pests?


Research needs2
Research Needs full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • Modelling pest spread

    This is only done by ARC within the RPMS CBA process.

    Copies attached:

  • Weeds CBA

  • CBA analysis for RPMS reviews (Gibbs & Stevens)

  • People & Time Explain the Distribution of naturalised Plants in NZ (Sullivan et al)

  • Developing a Framework for Prioritising Pest management Policy (Russell et al)


Issues facing regional councils
Issues facing Regional Councils full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • New plant spp becoming adventive

  • Animal pet spp becoming adventive (includes birds, reptiles, freshwater fish)

  • Increase in escape/illegal release of large animal spp.

  • Greater community expectation that pests will be controlled


Issues facing Regional Councils full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • Risk of losing pest control tools due to community/sector resistance to use of pesticides.

  • Weed vectors, eg road and rail corridors.

  • Marine pests – how to stop them, how to find them, who should manage marine issues, etc.


Issues facing regional councils1
Issues facing Regional Councils full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • New insect spp: eg exotic ant spp, mosquito spp, wasp spp, etc.

  • Pathogens, micro-organisms: eg Phytophthora (kauri), sudden oak death, Didymo

  • Lack of research into new exotic spp.


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