Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


ORC Pest Management Strategy - Inadequate

Press Release

29th September

ORC Pest Management Strategy - Inadequate

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society is dismayed that the Otago Regional Council's proposed pest management strategy excludes most of the severe animal and weed pests in Otago.

The Otago Regional Council released proposals for managing pests in September and members of the public have until 9th October to present submissions.

Only two new weed species were proposed to be added - a wilding pine tree, and the wetland weed, Spartina.

Sue Maturin, Forest and Bird's Southern Conservation Officer said the Society has been advocating for the control of wilding trees for years and we are pleased that Council is considering controlling at least one of the wilding tree species, (Pinus contorta).

"This is a great step forward, however there are at least 32 other weeds, including other wilding trees and more than 8 animal pests which are threatening Otago's natural ecosystems, and need to be included in the Strategy."

"The Otago Regional Council has taken a minimalist approach to weeds and pests, when compared with our neighbouring Southland and Canterbury Councils. Most other Councils have taken their environmental responsibilities much more seriously than Otago." Sue Maturin said.

"For example both Canterbury and Southland are considering requiring management of a much wider range of plant pests as well as goats, possums, deer, mustelids and feral cats."

"We believe the Council should go back to scratch, and present a discussion document which identifies all the current weed and animal pests in Otago, and suggests a range of options and costings which the public can evaluate, and then we can make informed choices."

"The way the ORC's draft strategy is presented, means that groups like ours have to do the research to identify the range of pests in Otago. It is very frustrating when this is the responsibility of Regional Council's." Sue Maturin said.


For information contact: Sue Maturin 03 477-9677ph(w) 03 476 1907(H) or 025 222- 5092

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Passports And IDs Left Online: Privacy Breach On Tuia 250 Aplications

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage yesterday revealed it had mistakenly exposed the sensitive details of about 300 mostly young people online...

Technology commentator Paul Spain said while most of the information was gone from the internet, the question was who had accessed it while it was online.

"This could be a problem for them for months if not years to come because others are now able to impersonate them and they could do all sorts of things when they [can] pretend to be someone else." More>>


Cutting Tape, Rasing Super Age, Cutting Business Payment Times...: National's Economic Discussion Doc

National has today released its fourth Discussion Document, which focusses on the economy and outlines a range of policies that will help rebuild business confidence, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Why NZ Shouldn’t Try To Curry Favour With Trump

Dutifully, Denmark had lined up militarily alongside the US in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Syria and during the Iraq War. This means nothing. In a heartbeat, the current US President will trash any ally, and on the flimsiest of pretexts. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>


Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>


Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>


Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>


Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>


Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>





InfoPages News Channels