Our biosecurity law specialists have unparalleled experience assisting their clients to navigate their way through the requirements of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and the approvals process of the Environmental Protection Authority.

We have been involved in all aspects of the development of regional pest management plans and pathway management plans from inception right through to completion.  We have been in the unique position to be involved in the first Marine Pathway Management Plan in New Zealand and to advise several Councils through the preparation of their regional pest management plans and biosecurity strategies.  We also advise on the implementation of plans including funding, compliance and enforcement matters.

We have undertaken training for Hearing Panels and experts involved in these processes and have advised Councils on their consultation and decision-making requirements under the Biosecurity Act 1993.


Recent Projects

  • Advising several regional councils on the development of regional pest management plans.
  • Acting for Environment Southland on the Fiordland Marine Pathway Management Plan.
  • Advising a regional council on the use of controlled area notices.
  • Advising regional councils on notices of entry, notices of direction and compliance orders.
  • The use and delegation of powers under the Biosecurity Act 1993 and Local Government Act 2002, including the appointment of hearing panel members and authorised persons.
  • Cost allocation and funding, including funding from rates.
  • Advising on the management of pest cats.
  • Training workshops for hearing panels, council staff and other experts.
  • Advising on an application to register Rabbit haemorrhagic virus (RDHV1 K5 variant) for control of pest rabbits.
  • Advising local authorities on the implications of the National Environmental Standard for Plantation Forestry.
  • Advising local authorities on the relationship between the Biosecurity Act and other legislation, such as the Resource Management Act 1991, the Local Government Act 2002, the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, the Wild Animal Control Act 1977 and the Animal Welfare Act 1999, including the interplay between regional pest management plans and regional and district RMA planning documents.
  • Advising on advisory group structures and terms of reference.



Further protection for New Zealand's marine environment

From 15 May 2018, all commercial and recreational vessel operators will need to comply with the Craft Risk Management Standard (the Standard) for Biofouling on Vessels arriving into New Zealand Territory. This represents a significant step forward in marine biosecurity management in New Zealand as we will become the first country in the world to introduce a nationwide standard for biofouling to prevent pests entering our waters from overseas.

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A new infringement system for conservation related offending

The Conservation (Infringement System) Bill is currently with the Environment Committee and is open for submissions until Friday, 6 April 2018. The Bill provides central and local government agencies with infringement notices as another tool for dealing with lesser offences under conservation legislation.

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National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry

The much anticipated National Environmental Standards for Plantation Forestry Regulations were notified in the NZ Gazette on 3 August 2017. These Regulations, which come into force on 1 May 2018, establish a new nationwide consenting regime for plantation forestry activities.

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