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21 June 2010
The Minister for Biosecurity has approved the release the Pest Management
Proposed National Plan of Action 2010 – 2035 for public consultation.
"The Plan of Action proposes the key improvements needed to ensure New
Zealand's pest management systems meets needs for the next 25 years," says
Andrew Harrison, Manager Pest Management, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand.
"Pest management is a vital part of sustaining New Zealand's natural
advantage. The activities of control, eradication and adaptation absorb a
significant portion of our collective wealth, with the total cost of pests in
New Zealand estimated at $1.87 billion per year.
"Earlier reports commissioned by MAF and regional councils found that, while
pest management in New Zealand is at the forefront of global best practice,
there are still some critical improvements needed to strengthen our
arrangements," says Mr Harrison.
MAF has been working closely with regional councils, industry, Maori, the
science community and other government departments to design the proposed
improvements. These include:
"These and other changes are designed to ensure that New Zealand will get
better value from its substantive investment in pest management.
"We want to now test these proposals and consider them alongside any new
ideas," says Mr Harrison.
A copy of the
Pest Management Proposed National Plan of Action 2010 – 2035 is
available on the MAF Biosecurity New Zealand website.
Submissions close on Monday 19 July. Submissions may be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Future of Pest Management Consultation, MAF
Biosecurity New Zealand, PO Box 2526, Wellington 6140.
Judith Hamblyn, Senior Communications Adviser, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand, Ph
04 894 0687 or 029 894 0687.
To view the Minister for Biosecurity's press release go to