Preventing the spread of unwanted organisms
An unwanted organism is any organism that's capable of causing harm to natural or physical resources (like forests and waterways) or human health. A number of introduced pests in New Zealand are classed as unwanted.
Undaria and ferrets are just 2 examples – they both have the potential to cause serious environmental harm if allowed to spread throughout New Zealand. Under the Biosecurity Act 1993, it's an offence to breed, sell, or release these organisms.
You can search for unwanted organisms in the Official New Zealand Pest Register (ONZPR).
Reasons why a permission may be granted
The chief technical officer may grant permission with certain conditions under Section 52 or 53 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. Most permissions need to have a biosecurity benefit or outcome to be considered for approval. There are exceptions to this, which can be discussed before applying.
Permissions allow the permission holder to handle unwanted organisms for the purposes of:
- pest management or removal/disposal
- any other purpose that the chief technical officer approves.