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Pest Management in Canterbury 

Environment Canterbury is responsible for providing regional leadership in pest management in the Canterbury Region through our Biosecurity Programme. Environment Canterbury’s approach to pest management is driven primarily by the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy 2011-2015 and the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Regional Pest Management Plan Review

There have been a number of changes to the Biosecurity Act through the 2012 amendments and the development of a National Policy Direction for Pest Management (NPD), which came into force in September 2015. These reforms recognise the use of consistent terminology for pest management programmes and associated objectives including Setting Objectives, Programme Description, Analysing Benefits and Costs, Allocation of Costs, and Good Neighbour Rules (to which the Crown may be bound). Regional Councils are required to undertake a review of their Regional Pest Management Plans to ensure alignment with the NPD by March 2017.

Environment Canterbury is undertaking a full review of the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy. Information relating to the Regional Pest Management Plan review can be found here.

Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy 2011-2015

The Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategyprovides a framework for the efficient and effective management of pest plants and animals in Canterbury. The current plan 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. This strategy has been extended until 30 June 2016.