National Pest Programmes

Some pests pose significant threats to our environment, economy or our way of life. In 2004 MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ - now Ministry for Primary Industries [MPI]) became responsible national leadership and coordination of pest management and pest management programmes.

National Interest Pests Response

The MPI-led National Interest Pests Response (NIPR) aim to eradicate selected established pests from New Zealand. These pests were selected for national response because of their potential to have a significant impact on our economic, environmental, social and cultural values.

National Pest Plant Accord. (NPPA)

The National Pest Plant Accord (offsite link to (NPPA) a co-operative agreement between the Nursery and Garden Industry Association, regional councils and government departments with biosecurity responsibilities (primarily MPI and the Department of Conservation).

The plants listed under the Accord have been declared unwanted organisms under the Biosecurity Act 1993. This prevents their sale, propagation or distribution across the country. Regional councils undertake surveillance to prevent the commercial sale and/or distribution of these plants.

Page last updated: 14 October 2016