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

 


DOC and councils team up to tackle pests

Nature Central Media release


03 December 2013

DOC and councils team up to tackle pests

The battle to manage pest plants and animals in the Lower North Island is heating up, with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and regional councils joining forces to protect the region’s natural assets.

In areas like the Ruahine Ranges, the spread of wilding conifers is altering the landscape and reducing natural water flow to surrounding agricultural lowlands. Tackling this problem, like other pest control programmes, is a big job that crosses council and landowner boundaries. As part of a new pest accord, DOC and three regional councils will begin working more closely together to manage these kinds of issues.

The Chief Executives of Greater Wellington Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and DOC signed the first Lower North Island Pest Management Accord earlier this month.

DOC’s director-general Lou Sanson says the Accord will pave the way for more effective management of pests across the Lower North Island.

“The accord will see the four agencies working together from the planning stage, meaning we are all thinking bigger in terms of what we can achieve and coordinating work across the wider region. The Accord will bring benefits to the whole community by protecting the natural capital – water, soil, vegetation – which underpins the economic and social prosperity of the regions.”

“DOC is already working with each of these councils individually on pest control projects, but this Accord takes that to the next level. It will enable much greater outcomes for conservation across the whole region.”

Greater Wellington Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde says the Accord is a formal commitment to sharing knowledge and working together to plan projects that will have a bigger impact.

“By having the three regional councils working collaboratively with DOC we can better manage plant and animal pests. It ensures consistency across the three regions charged with the protection of the lower North Island’s natural heritage and allows native plants and animals to not just survive, but thrive in their natural environment,” Ms Wilde says.

The Pest Accord is the latest outcome of a formal conservation partnership between the three regional councils and DOC, which was agreed in December 2011.

Lou Sanson says the partnership has opened the door to much closer collaboration across the agencies.

“Nature can’t be managed within geographical boundaries; it’s something we all share responsibility for,” he says.

“DOC needs to be working with councils and communities to have a bigger impact. This partnership and the signing of the pest accord are a really positive step forward for better conservation management in the Lower North Island.”

–Ends–


Background information
See attached info sheet

Nature_Central_flyerv2_cropped.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news