The Strategy provides a framework for the efficient and effective management of pest plants and animals in Canterbury. This version was adopted by Council on 23 June 2011 following a mid-point review that involved consultation with local pest liaison committees, stakeholders and the wider Canterbury community.
The community view was that the majority of the Strategy is still appropriate, but some significant changes have been made, most notably Chilean needle grass has been included in the Strategy.
The review has now been completed and a revised Strategy for the remaining period from 2011 to 2015 is now operative.
Environment Canterbury’s approach to pest management is driven primarily by the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy and the Biosecurity Act, which was amended in 2012. Guidance is also being provided at a national level through the National Policy Direction for Pest Management (NPD), due to be released in the next few months. The NPD is seeking to ensure greater consistency in terminology and pest management programmes between regions, as well as greater transparency and robustness in the rationale for programmes included in a Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP). The current Strategy has been extended until 2016 to ensure that the new RPMP is aligned with the national guidance. The full review process begins in 2015, including public consultation towards a 2017-2027 Plan.
The review process
During 2009, key stakeholders and the general public were asked to give their views on the effectiveness of the 2005-2015 Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy and to identify areas where more work or a change of focus is needed.
Having considered suggestions about possible changes, a review report was produced and for submissions were invited during July and August 2010.
In October 2010, a board of enquiry was appointed to hear submissions and consider the review report. The board comprised Commissioner Tom Lambie, former Environment Canterbury councillor Richard Budd and John Aspinall of Mt Aspiring Station.
In February 2011, the board of enquiry's recommendations were formally accepted by the Environment Canterbury Commissioners and the production of a 2011-2015 Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy began.
On 23 June 2011, copies of the Strategy were tabled at Council and were adopted without change. The Strategy became operative on 1 July 2011.