New Zealand Defence Force
Ardmore area, July 2018 to June 2019

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Development of an integrated operational plan for the Ardmore Military Training Area. Covers detailed planning for pest plants and pest animals and pulling together operational actions and costings to protect the operational viability and biodiversity of this area. There are several links to Predator Free / Pest Free aspirations for Auckland Council as well as deer and possum control at a landscape scale. Completed to client satisfaction.

Work completed for Steve Phillipson and Alison Davis in association with Qualmons Ltd (Thames)

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New Zealand Transport Authority
Hamilton April to July 2019

Developing a detailed weed hygiene plan for the construction of a new bridge over the Te Onetea Stream, Rangiriri. Building involves removal of infested material to landfill, ensure machinery washdown and above all induction of all workers on site and that good communications occur throughout construction phase. Working with DOC and Waikato Regional Council. Involves managing site declared as a Restricted Place under the Biosecurity Act 1993. In progress.

Undertaken for Peter Murphy, Project Engineer, NZTA, Hamilton office


Fonterra and Department of Conservation (Living Water partnership)

Towards a Predator Free Pukorokoro-Miranda, February 2019 - present

Development of a Predator Free 2050 Strategy proposal for this iconic catchment on the Firth of Thames.  Includes new and novel approaches to possum, rat and stoat control over short steep catchments, to complement wider catchment enhancement work to improve water quality and biodiversity. Landowners are highly supportive and with some injection of funding and a practical control plan developed, this scheme will well complement PF 2050 aspirations in the region. In progress.

Carried out for Dion Patterson and Tim Brandenburg.


Northland Regional Council

Whangarei, June 2019 to present

Scoping out and development of a new reporting format to last NRC for next 10 years, under their new Pest Management and Marine Pest and Pathway Plan. Includes fresh approaches to document the ‘stories’ that are behind the data and the graphs. With marine biosecurity growing in the region. Manchurian wild rice being actively controlled and devastating kauri dieback on the march, there are many issues facing the biosecurity teams. This new approach will help sell the messages for people in the whole region. In progress

Annual plan process and templates developed for Don McKenzie, Biosecurity Manager


High Country Contracting Ltd

Pleasant Point, December 2016 to current

Providing biosecurity consulting advice and planning services to a key provider in the South Island's pest contracting industry, undertaking OSPRI TB management work, wilding pine control and Predator Free work - Dunedin area and Banks Peninsula. BBS Limited is actively involved in writing plans and documents to support HCC’s position as a lead supplier for many South Island pest control projects. Peter is a member on the HCC Advisory Board governance group.

Work done for Khan Adam, General Manager


Canterbury, Hawkes Bay, Southland, Otago and Greater Wellington regional councils and Tasman District Council
Six regions - 2017 to current (6 separate projects)

Contracted to provide hearing commissioner support and technical biosecurity advice for councils undertaking reviews of their Pest Management Plans. Subcontractor John Simmons has been chair of some hearings panels and participated as member for others. All RPMPs approved and operative. Peter Russell provided expert advice to combined Tasman/Nelson Pest Plan, operative as of April 2019.

Carried out for Divisional Managers or Biosecurity/Biodiversity Managers at each council

Thanks Peter. I really appreciate your help once again on this. Your ability to hit the ground running really helped us to keep to the deadlines.

Waikato Regional Council and Horizons Regional Council
Hamilton-Palmerston North

Contracted (May to July 2016) to research and write a communications plan for raising awareness among King Country, Waipa and Hauraki/Coromandel landowners about the economic threats and recent spread of the pest plant tutsan into new areas that were previously free. Combined project with Horizons Regional Council, leading to changed behaviours.

Contracted also to write individual farms plans for Waikato dairy farmers with fodder beet crops infested with velvetleaf weed seeds, as part of the national response to seed contamination (April/May 2016). Redesigned and adapted the MPI advisory into a user friendly template and met and discussed issues with each farmer. Plans written and sent back to WRC on time.

Integrated Catchment Management Team

Many thanks, I have perused the velvetleaf plans, they look easy to read and simple to understand.

Department of Conservation (Living Waters project)

Asked to co-ordinate and undertake one-to-one consultation with landowners in the Miranda area, regarding goat control densities and attitudes to control for catchment and biodiversity purposes. Visited each landowner in March 2016 and wrote report.

Project Manager/Director

Great work. This has really helped us progress our thinking, not only for goat control but for wider pest management initiatives within the catchment.

Biosecurity Working Group
via Northland Regional Council

Developed and wrote a ‘plain English’ standard operating procedures (SOP) Manual to assist Biosecurity Officers from regional councils throughout New Zealand with undertaking enforcement actions under Biosecurity Act provisions.

Part 1 completed and endorsed by the Group - November 2015. Part 2 commissioned and completed in July 2016. Endorsed by BioManagers Group, to be received by regional Chief Executives then published and made available.

Project Manager

... thanks for your recent work on the Manual. What a grand piece of work ... this document is really going to set us up for the future. It also fits very well with improving national consistency and demonstrating regional leadership in biosecurity.

UNITEC Institute of Technology

Invited in April 2016 and October 2015 to present to students on ecological risks and mitigation, associated with biosecurity activities. 

It was a timely lecture and well aligned with the overall course, particularly on post-border biosecurity strategy and control measures. 2016 presentation focused on the velvetleaf incursion.


Dr. Diane Fraser (email)
Senior Lecturer. Natural Sciences

Thanks so much for your biosecurity talk (2015). I couldn’t have asked for a better final lecture for the students following on from pre and border biosecurity strategies  The post border strategies covered will be an excellent lead in to their biosecurity studies in the final year of their degree. I am extremely grateful.
— Dr. Diane Fraser

BioManagers Group

Researched/wrote good Neighbour Rules report on DOC liabilities for pest management on public conservation land, in relation to the National Policy Direction on Pest Management.


Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

Contracted to write a Biosecurity plan for all of the Trust’s operations in the pest-proof fenced santuary. Covered all biosecurity aspects, from pathways of pest spread to better managing pests that are currently impacting on ‘Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari’

Received by the Natural Heritage Committee in August 2015 and the wider Trust.


Robyn Nightingale (email)
(testimonial provided in a private capacity as a Trustee)

Kia ora tatou,

This was a logical, well written document, which made for easy, dare I say it, enjoyable reading. The change in approach to biosecurity to one focused on a pests and pest pathways approach was made very clear. If this is the plan that was requested under the MOU with Waikato Regional Council, then it has been achieved within the agreed timeframe and the efforts of Better Biosecurity Solutions Ltd are much appreciated.

Nga mihi

Horizons Regional Council 
Palmerston North

Contracted to write Horizon’s non-regulatory pest management strategy document, to support their reviewed and slimmed down, ‘rules only’ Regional Pest Management Plan.

Endorsed by Horizons Council in August 2015.


Bill Martyn (email)
Biosecurity/Biodiversity Manager

The plan and strategy has been approved by Council. They seemed very happy with the work … all in all well received and a great relief for us. Thanks once again for all your help and we will promote your efforts as we road show the plan around the region.
— Bill Martyn

Auckland Council and Department of Conservation, Auckland

Assisted Auckland Council and the Department of Conservation to carry out consultation required as part of the operational planning for the 2015 Hunua pest control operation, by undertaking visits to landowners directly adjoining the Regional Park and DOC managed lands.

Over 40 landowners and managers were proactively engaged with about the overall programme and specific issues about the risks and benefits of 1080. 


Thanks for your efforts Peter, that’s great to have completed this work and good to have such positive feedback from landowners, well done.
— Rachel Kelleher, Biodiversity Manager, Auckland Council
Kia ora Peter, many thanks for your excellent work. Good luck with your new venture
— Fin Buchanan, Technical Adviser Threats