Southland Regional Pest Management Plan
Harmful species – animal, plant and marine – pose a major threat to our region, both ecologically and economically.
The Southland Regional Pest Management Plan and Biosecurity Strategy have been in place since 2019.
The Strategy outlines how Environment Southland will oversee the management of biosecurity until 2024, including key objectives and how these may be achieved. It’s our vision for biosecurity into the future and, together with the Southland Regional Pest Management Plan and the Fiordland Marine Regional Pathways Management Plan, tells Environment Southland’s biosecurity story.
The Regional Pest Management Plan includes the rules that everyone must follow to reduce the harm caused by pests. The plan covers pest plants, pest animals and marine pests. You can find out more details about the rules and each species at the Southland pest hub.
Developing the plan was a long process, involving many different levels of consultation with a variety of groups and individuals over several years. The proposal was released for public consultation, along with a draft Biosecurity Strategy, in August 2018 and received over 100 written submissions, with more than 20 submissions presented in person to the hearing panel. The hearing panel read all the written submissions and listened to the views of those who submitted in person during the hearing process. All of these were carefully considered while developing the final recommendations for the council.
The Council accepted the decision on 22 May 2019 and agreed to notify the final plan on 14 June 2019. The plan was subject to appeals until 5 July 2019. By this date, no appeals had been received, so the plan has become operative.
We are extremely grateful for all the effort the community has put into being part of this process. Building the most effective Pest Management Plan for Southland requires community input and consideration of a wide range of views. The submissions process is an important part of that and the feedback from everybody has helped us create an effective plan to support Southland’s biosecurity requirements for the next 10 years.