Pest Management Plan 2009

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. 

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.

Please note: Otago's pest plan is currently being reviewed. Click below for more information.

Download the current strategy


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.


Please note: before 2012, the plan was known as the 'Pest Management Strategy'. 

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.

Amendment One: Wilding Conifers was added to the Pest Management Strategy by Council Resolution on 22 February 2017.

Amendment Two: An amendment to Map 6.1 – Central Otago Management Units was approved by Council Resolution on 21 February 2018.

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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