Pest management partnerships, programmes, and accords
We work with regional councils, government agencies and other organisations to manage established pests. Learn more about these partnerships.
Major threats to New Zealand's native species
Introduced pests have caused significant damage to New Zealand. Following the introduction of animals like rats and possums, our native birds, insects and lizards have come under threat. Examples include:
- possums killing trees by stripping them of leaves and seeds
- stoats and cats killing our lizards and insects
- gorse outcompeting native plant species
- Undaria destroying the habitats of native fish species.
Learn more about the impact of pests
MPI is focused on protecting our native species through pest management. By eradicating and controlling these pests, we're able to reduce risk and reverse some of the damage already done to our environment.
Our work includes:
- funding pest control programmes
- providing policy advice to the government
- working with domestic agencies on pest control practices
- informing farmers, growers, foresters and fishers.
One of our programmes is Check, Clean, Dry. This programme helps to stop the spread of freshwater pests by encouraging people to check and clean their equipment when going between waterways.
Controlling and eradicating established pests requires a multi-agency response. By partnering with organisations like the Department of Conservation (DOC), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), and regional councils, we work to eradicate these threats.
Pest and disease register
The pests and diseases register is our database of pests and diseases. However, it's not comprehensive – and some of the included species may not be found in New Zealand.
Pest management national plan of action
This plan was put together as a way of making it easier for the agencies involved in pest management to act in the best interests of New Zealand. It aligns the efforts of different agencies and encourages the development of people, tools and systems.
Download the Pest management national plan of action [PDF, 2.1 MB]
Industry accords help us to better regulate damaging pest plant and animal species. They play an important role as we work with industry and council partners.
National Pest Plant Accord
The National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA) helps prevent the spread of highly damaging pest plants (weeds) in New Zealand. If allowed to spread further, these pest plants could seriously damage the New Zealand economy and environment.
National Pest Pet Biosecurity Accord
Many domestic pets have the potential to become pests. For example, the eastern rosella and rainbow lorikeet are known to attack crops and can compete with our native birds for resources.
We've established the National Pest Pet Biosecurity Accord (NPPBA) to reduce the risks of the domestic trade in pets leading to new pests.
We work with a number of agencies to respond to established pests. The National Interest Pest Responses programme and TBfree are 2 of the programmes that we're working on.
National Interest Pest Responses (NIPR) programme
NIPR is an MPI-led programme that we put in place to eradicate certain established pests.
About the NIPR
Nine harmful weeds are managed under the NIPR programme. These pests could cause serious harm to New Zealand's environment and economy if they are allowed to spread.
Through disease management, movement control and wild animal control, OSPRI hopes to eradicate bovine TB from New Zealand.
What is bovine TB?
Bovine TB is an infectious disease that affects cattle, deer and other animal populations. In most cases, possums and ferrets are the carriers – with around half of new herd infections being traced back to these animals.
Infected animals will often lose weight, experience fluctuating fevers, have prominent lymph nodes and general weakness. Eventually, they die.
Eradicating bovine TB from New Zealand
Eradicating bovine TB is vital if we want to protect our valuable beef and dairy export sector.
Not-for-profit company OSPRI runs the TBfree programme, which operates under the National pest management plan (TB plan). This plan aims to:
- eradicate TB from cattle and deer herds by 2026
- achieve TB freedom in possums by 2040
- biologically eradicate TB by 2055.
OSPRI also works with other organisations – including MPI – to ensure effective pest control measures are in place.
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Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH) is responsible for the National pest management plan (NPMP) for Psa-V.
What is Psa-V?
Psa-V (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae) is a bacteria that affects kiwifruit vines. It's believed wind, rain and plant material allow Psa-V to spread.
While there's no risk for humans or animals, allowing this bacteria to spread could harm our kiwifruit industry. Following leaf spotting and cane/leader dieback, it can eventually cause vine death.
Minimising the impact on our kiwifruit industry
We support the kiwifruit industry by researching Psa-V, but KVH are responsible for day-to-day management operations.
KVH is the organisation that was formed in response to the original incursion in 2010, and has since worked to prevent the spread of Psa-V by working with the kiwifruit industry.
The group focuses on the exclusion of Psa-V from areas where it hasn't yet been established, containment of areas where it's been identified, and recovery in infected areas.