Pest plants threaten our regions’ parks and reserves, and take over our productive land.

They can cause serious harm to our environment, along with health risks to people, and threaten agricultural industries.

What we do

We partner with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), local councils and communities to take direct control of targeted pest plants in specific areas, while other pest plants need to be managed by people on their own properties.

Pest plants in our region are included under five management programmes:

See our Regional Pest Management Plan for more information on how pest management is managed in our region.

What you can do

With so many pest plants out there that can spread easily, we all need to be involved in their control.

Spotted a pest plant? We rely on farmers, residential home owners and water sport enthusiasts to help us identify pest species so we can remove them. If you see a pest plant: note the location, take a photo, and contact us.

Check, Clean, Dry - is the most effective way of preventing freshwater pests from spreading between waterways, and is recommended across New Zealand by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

On-farm biosecurity - There are lots of resources available to help you prevent these invasive species from affecting your farm, and simple steps you can take to help you manage these risks.

Managing common pests

Unfortunately, we can’t control every pest plant in every location. There are some weeds that are so widespread that control by the landowner is the only option. These include pampass grass, blackberry and tradescantia. 

If you live in Hutt City, contact the Hutt City Council if you see:

Updated November 16, 2021 at 9:11 AM

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