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Northland Pest Management Strategies

Northland Regional Council's Regional Pest Management Strategies (RPMS) are currently under review and a new plan is expected to be confirmed during 2016.

Council has resolved to extend the expiry date of the Regional Pest Management Strategies 2010-2015. All parts of the strategies remain operative and the strategies will now expire on 20 July 2016.

The strategies have been extended pursuant to section 100G of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and section 83(19) Biosecurity Law Reform Act 2012.

Regional Pest Management Strategies are action plans that describe why - and how - plant, animal and marine pests will be controlled in Northland. The Strategies aim to educate landowners and the wider public about the threats potential pest species pose and ways to stop these pests reaching Northland.

Where a pest is already established here, the Strategies offer a number of options to reduce the threat (or threats) it poses. These include:

  • publicity and promotion
  • advice to individual landowners
  • regulation
  • control by the Council  (either directly or by using contractors)
  • joint agency agreements
  • support for Community Pest Control Areas.

The Strategies also take into account the effects controlling one pest might have on another.

Purpose of the strategies

A Regional Council can propose a strategy when it’s satisfied the benefits of doing so outweigh the costs (after taking into account the likely consequences of doing nothing).

A Strategy is also required if the pest or pests involved could have a "serious adverse and non-intended effect" on one or more of the following:

  • Northland’s economy
  • The viability of threatened species or organisms including the:
    • survival and distribution of native plants or animals;
    • sustainability of natural and developed ecosystems;
    • sustainability of ecological processes, biological diversity, soil resources or water quality.
  • Human health or enjoyment of the recreational value of the natural environment
  • The relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral lands, waters, sites, wahi tapu and taonga. 

Request a copy

You can request a copy of the Northland Regional Pest Management Strategies to be sent to you by calling us on freephone 0800 002 004 or email

View Online

To view and download a copy of the Northland Regional Pest Management Strategies, click on the links below. 

Note: Sections 7.1 and 7.5 of the RPMS were amended on 18 March 2014. These sections in this document are no longer current. Please refer to "2014 Minor Amendments to the Northland Regional Pest Management Strategies 2010-2015" available below.

The Regional Pest Management Strategies for Northland.