Photo credit: Top left, Department of Conservation; top right, Jonathan Boow; bottom left, Antonie van den Bos
Photo credit: Top left, Department of Conservation; top right, Jonathan Boow; bottom left, Antonie van den Bos

About the Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) statuses

The RPMP guides all our pest control programmes. We aim to identify and control targeted pests so that they no longer pose a threat to our economy, natural biodiversity, health and cultural identity.​

Photo credit: Top left, Department of Conservation; top right, Jonathan Boow; bottom left, Antonie van den Bos

RPMP status definitions

National Pest Plant Accord species (NPPA)

The NPPA prevents the sale, distribution and propagation of specified pest plants within Aotearoa / New Zealand and is administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

See the MPI website for more information on the NPPA.

Notifiable organism

If a notifiable organism established in New Zealand, it could severely affect our primary production or trade and market access.

Report these pests to MPI, if you spot them in New Zealand. MPI will carry out the control of these pests.

Unwanted organism (UO)

An unwanted organism is an organism classified as a pest by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) because it is capable of causing harm to the natural environment, physical resources or human health in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

See the MPI website for more information about unwanted organisms.

Not a legally declared pest

These organisms have not been legally declared as pests but may be of interest to the public as they occur regularly in the environment. They may be capable of causing adverse effects to the values of Tāmaki Makarau / Auckland.

Some of these species may also be under consideration for inclusion in the next RPMP.

Hauraki Gulf controlled area notice pest

Movement of these pests is prohibited within, into and out of the Hauraki Gulf controlled area except with the permission of an inspector or authorised person.

View the Hauraki Gulf controlled area notice to see rules, a defined map of the controlled area and a full list of pests this notice applies to.

Hauraki Gulf controlled area — exclusion

These pests are potential pest animals that are not known to be established in Te Tīkapa Moana / the Hauraki Gulf controlled area.

These pest animals have the potential to establish and are capable of causing adverse effects to the values of the Hauraki Gulf controlled area.

It is a key regional priority to ensure these species do not establish on Te Tīkapa Moana. This is to protect the values of those islands and past investment in island eradications.

Hauraki Gulf controlled area — progressive containment

These pests are too widespread in the Hauraki Gulf controlled area for eradication in the short term, but populations may be contained or reduced over time.

Hauraki Gulf controlled area — site-led

These pests are present in the Hauraki Gulf controlled area and have potential to seriously impact the ecological, economic and cultural values of Te Tīkapa Moana / the Hauraki Gulf islands.

These site-led programmes aim to minimise further spread of these pests to new islands. In some cases, the programmes also manage existing island pest populations to reduce their impacts.

Aotea — exclusion

These pests are not known to be established in the Aotea / Great Barrier island group but have the potential to establish widely and cause adverse effects to the island’s ecological, economic and cultural values.

Early intervention to manage the ways pests can travel and respond in the event of incursion is a cost-effective approach to prevent their establishment on Aotea.

Aotea — eradication

These pests are present in low numbers within the Aotea / Great Barrier island group and eradicating them is feasible.

Early intervention to prevent their establishment by eliminating infestation is a cost-effective approach to protect Aotea from these pests.

Aotea — progressive containment

These pests are present in low numbers within the Aotea / Great Barrier island group but have the potential to be highly damaging if they become widespread.

Eradication may not be feasible in the short term. Progressively containment of these pests by reducing their distribution over time is a cost-effective approach to preventing their spread and impact on Aotea.

Kawau — eradication

These pests are included in a multi-species eradication programme for Kawau Island. Eliminating the infestation of these combined pest mammals will protect the values of the island and avoid any unintended outcomes that might arise from managing one of these pests in isolation.

Waiheke — eradication

These pests are included in a multi-species eradication programme for Waiheke Island. Eliminating the infestation of these combined pest mammals will protect the values of the island and avoid any unintended outcomes that might arise from managing one of these pests in isolation.

Parkland with significant ecological areas — site-led

These pests are subject to management programmes focusing on protecting:

  • Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa / Waitākere Ranges
  • Kohukohunui / Hunua Ranges
  • other high-value parkland in the region with Significant Ecological Areas (SEAs).

Priority lakes Tomarata and Rototoa — site-led

These pests will be managed at two of our high ecological value priority lakes, Tomarata and Rototoa.

Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area priority status

This status indicates particular regard given to the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area in one or more of the statutory programmes for that species.

Whole region — exclusion

These pests are not known to be established either in the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region or part of the region. If these pests were to become widely established, their impacts could be severe. Therefore, early intervention by preventing their establishment is a cost-effective management approach.

Whole region — eradication

These pests are present in low numbers or have a limited distribution within Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, and eradicating them appears to be feasible.

Early intervention to prevent their extensive establishment by eliminating their infestation is likely to be a cost-effective management approach to protect the region.

Whole region — Progressive containment, council delivered

These pests are present in low numbers or have a limited distribution within the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region but have the potential to be highly damaging if they were to become widespread.

Eradication may not be feasible in the short term but progressively containing these pests, by reducing their distribution over time, is a cost-effective approach to prevent their more extensive spread and impact within the region.

Auckland Council will undertake management of these pests at all sites where they are known to occur in the region.

Whole region — progressive containment, land occupier rules

These pests are present in moderately low numbers or have a limited distribution within the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region but have the potential to be highly damaging if they become widespread.

Eradication may not be feasible in the short term but progressively containing these pests, by reducing their distribution over time, is a cost-effective approach to prevent their more extensive spread and impact within the region. Land occupiers are required to undertake control of these pests on their land.

Whole region — sustained control

These pests vary greatly in their distribution across the region. Some are not currently known to be established in the region, while others are already widespread pests.

The intention of the sustained control programme is to reduce the spread of a pest and their impacts to protect the values of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.

More information about the RPMP

See Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) for more information​.