Pest Management Plan

The Pest Management Plan for Otago contains objectives, rules and methods for addressing certain plant and animal pests in Otago. Find out about the strategy and how to get a copy.

Please note: before 2012, the plan was known as the 'Pest Management Strategy'. The relevant documents, in the Downloads section below', are in the process of being amended to reflect this change.

If you are a land occupier, you are responsible for ensuring you control pest plants and animals in accordance with the rules in the pest strategy.

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Purpose of the pest strategy
Area covered by the strategy
Status of the strategy
Why you should read the strategy
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The pest strategy is prepared under the Biosecurity Act 1993.

There are many plants and animals in the Otago region which are considered undesirable.

Some require a national response, while many others are best dealt with on an individual property basis. However, there are several that justify a regulatory response through the pest plan.

The plan's purpose  is to provide an effective and efficient framework for the management or eradication of listed pest plants and animals in the Otago region.

It sets objectives, means of achieving and monitoring objectives, and rules that are specific to each of the plants and animals listed as pests in the Otago region.

Land occupiers are required to take responsibility for the control of pest plants and animals on their properties.

The plan also empowers the council to exercise the appropriate enforcement and funding provisions of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

The plan is only part of the council's response to pest management. Other aspects the council is involved include surveillance, community assistance, public education, and biodiversity projects. 

Area covered by the plan

The plan covers the entire Otago region.

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Please note: before 2012, the plan was known as the 'Pest Management Strategy'. The relevant documents, in the Downloads section below, is in the process of being amended to reflect this change.

The pest strategy was amended from 1 August 2009 until 2012. It amended the previous plan, the Pest Management Strategy (2001). That strategy had been in effect for 10 years, and will be reviewed once it has been in force for five years or more.

An operational plan for the strategy has been prepared, which outlines the nature and scope of activities the council intends to undertake in its implementation.

Why you should read the strategy

If you're a land occupier,you are responsible for ensuring that any pest plants or animals on the land you occupy are controlled in accordance with the rules in the plan.

The plan does not specify the technical methods for controlling pests. It is up to you to use an appropriate method (e.g. spraying, poisoning). However, you must comply with rules under regional and district plans as well as the strategy itself.

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The plan is split into chapters for more convenient downloading. You can also download it without the maps as a single document. All files are PDF.

Operational details about the plan are also available for download.

Operational plan for the Pest Management Strategy for Otago 2009 (124 KB)

Pest Management Strategy for Otago 2009, without maps (2 MB)

Individual chapters and maps:

Preface (2 MB)
1. Introduction (975 KB)
2. Statutory and planning framework (103 KB)
3. Strategy responsibilities and obligations (46 KB)
4. Pest plants introduction (48 KB)
    Gorse, broom and Montpellier broom (2 MB)
    Nassella Tussock (251 KB)
    Spartina (718 KB)
    Old Man's Beard (319 KB)
    Lagarosiphon (1 MB)
    Contorta Pine (1 MB)
    Ragwort and Nodding Thistle (815 KB)
    Bomarea (345 KB)
    Low incidence pest plants (1 MB)
    Pest-infested gravel supply sites (49 KB)
5. Pest animals (1 MB)
6. Biodiversity (49 KB)
7. Otago Regional Council pest management responsibilities (51 KB)
8. Powers to be used in implementing this strategy (60 KB)
9. Cross-boundary issues and consistency issues (71 KB)
10. Funding (75 KB)
11. Regulatory procedures (50 KB)
12. Monitoring and review (49 KB)
13. Definitions (54 KB)
Appendix 1: The Modified McLean Scale of rabbit infestation (45 KB)
Appendix 2: Section 72(a) Analysis of benefits and costs of the strategy; & Section 76(1)(g) Statement of alternative measures for achieving objectives (53 KB)

Appendix 3: Detail of gorse and broom-free areas

Map A1 - Lake Wanaka area (1 MB)
Map A2 - Lake Hawea area (1 MB)
Map A3 - Dart River area (2 MB)
Map A4 - Wanaka area (2 MB)
Map A5 - Lindis River area (2 MB)
Map A6 - Naseby area (1 MB)
Map A7 - Ranfurly area (1 MB)
Map A8 - Lake Wakatipu area (1 MB)
Map A9 - Alexandra area (2 MB)
Map A10 - Ettrick area (2 MB)
Map A11 - Middlemarch area (2 MB)

Appendix 4: Lake Wanaka lagarosiphon containment area

Map B1 - Paddock Bay to Damper Bay (2 MB)
Map B2 - Stevensons Arm (2 MB)
Map B3 - Roys Bay to Dublin Bay (2 MB)

Appendix 4: Lake Dunstan lagarosiphon high value areas

Overview Map (1 MB)
Map B4 - Bendigo (1 MB)
Map B5 - Pisa Moorings (1 MB)
Map B6 - Devils Creek (1 MB)
Map B7 - Northburn (1 MB)
Map B8 - Lowburn and McNultys (1 MB)
Map B9 - McNultys (1 MB)
Map B10 - McNultys and Cromwell (Jetty) (1 MB)
Map B11 - Cromwell (Beach) (1 MB)
Map B12 - Bannockburn Inlet (1 MB)
Map B13 - South of Brewery Creek (1 MB)
Map B14 - Jacksons (5 MB)
Map B15 - Champagne Gully (1 MB)
Map B16 - Weatherall Creek and Burton Creek, and Dairy Creek (1 MB)

Appendix 5: Contorta containment areas and contorta clearance areas

Map C1 - Naseby Forest area (2 MB)
Map C2 - Beaumont Forest area (3 MB)
Map C3 - Glendhu Forest area (3 MB)
Map C4 - Berwick Forest area north (3 MB)
Map C5 - Berwick Forest area south (3 MB)

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