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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 in the auckland region

Regional Pest Management in the Auckland Region

Miranda Bennett


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


Regional pest management in the auckland region

  • All of these decisions are balanced by the need to undertake full community and stakeholder consultation…

  • 2 rounds of submissions

  • Hearings

  • Right of appeal to the Environment Court


Regional pest management in the auckland region

  • RPMS’s cover a huge range of organisms…

  • Auckland RPMS 2002-2007 covers:

    • 150 plant spp

    • 20 animal spp.

  • Most Regional Councils have very similar strategies and budgets


Rpms budget

RPMS Budget

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


Budget breakdown

Budget breakdown

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

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

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?

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Risk Analysis

  • Screening of potential new spp at the border

  • Identification of pest vectors post-border

    -What is spreading pests?


Research needs2

Research Needs

  • 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

  • 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


Regional pest management in the auckland region

Issues facing Regional Councils

  • 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

  • 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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