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


Submissions close on pest plan

25 October 2018

Submissions on the proposal for a Southland Regional Pest Management Plan and proposed Biosecurity Strategy closed on Tuesday and staff will now get to work compiling the submissions and determining a starting date for the hearing.

Approximately 150 submissions were received, although staff have yet to work through them to determine whether they are eligible and which topics they cover.

Director of operations Jonathan Streat said he’s aware that there have been a significant number of submissions on the proposal for a site-led programme at Omaui, including rules relating to domestic cats. The proposal attracted significant media attention when it was released.

The proposed plan was released in September, with submissions closing on 23 October. It includes rules for 72 specific pests, along with good neighbour rules for species such as gorse, broom, ragwort and nodding thistle.

The next stage in the process is to hold a hearing, which is scheduled for late 2018 or early 2019. This is an opportunity for those submitters who indicated they wished to be heard, to address a hearing panel in person and outline their submission. The hearing panel will then consider all submissions and release their decisions which will be taken to council for approval.

“We are pleased that so many people took the time to provide feedback as this is what the consultation period is all about. Gathering a wide range of views provides the hearing panel with many things to consider, so we get the best possible plan for the region,” Jono said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Weekend Of Doing Wheelies, Going Nowhere

Evidently, a year is not a long time in politics. The National Party for example, has just chosen to end this year much as it began it: riven by factions, leaking like a sieve, saddled with a party leader unlikely to lead them into election 2023, and having just chosen to re-install Peter Goodfellow as party president, despite his reluctance to take any responsibility for the party’s dismal election performance.
In other words, National appears determined not to learn from his past mistakes... More>>


National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>


RNZ: NZ May Become 'Florida Of South Pacific' Without Young Tourists - YHA

The country may attract only the 'old rich set' and risks becoming known as 'boring and staid' if it targets wealthy visitors, the Youth Hostels Association says. More>>


Government: Agreement Advanced To Purchase Up To 5 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

Hon Megan Woods Minister of Research, Science and Innovation The Government has confirmed an in-principle agreement to purchase up to 5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 5 million people – from Janssen Pharmaceutica, ... More>>


Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>


APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>


Oranga Tamariki Report: Government Must Transfer Power To Māori - Children's Commissioner

The Children's Commissioner is calling for an urgent and significant transformation of Oranga Tamariki - and is telling the government to commit to a transfer of power to Māori. More>>




InfoPages News Channels