ChCh International Airport, ChCh City Council, Ngai Tahu, Environment Canterbury
Mid Canterbury area, July 2017 to current
Development of an inter-agency Canada geese management strategy for mid Canterbury (between Waimakariri and Rakaia Rivers, incl. coastal and high country nesting areas) to reduce risks of bird strike at ChCh airport. Approaches include: more surveillance and comms between the agencies and stepped up control and research. In progress.
Work in progress for Brodie Acacich, Graham Sullivan, Kay Holder and Sue Corby
Ministry for Primary Industries and Waikato Regional Council
Wellington and Hamilton, February to May 2018
Consultation with affected landowners about the pest plant velvetleaf on their properties (in north Waikato and South Auckland regions) and working with them to develop tailored farm management plans to reduce the risks of weed spread, but enabling farms and business es to continue operating.
Undertaken for Samuel Beaumont, MPI Wellington and Darion Embling, Pest Plant Team Leader, Hamilton
Department of Conservation, Waikato and Horizons Regional Councils and Landcare Research (for Predator Free 2050)
Pureora - Waikato, November 2017 - May 2018
Development of Predator Free Pureora proposal for this iconic landscape in the Central North Island. Includes new and novel approaches to broad scale pest control over large forested areas. In progress.
Carried out for Patrick Whaley, Natasha Hayward, Rod Smillie and Bruce Warburton
Queenstown Lakes District Council
Queenstown, September 2016 to March 2017
Scoping out and development of a nuisance pest plan for rabbits, wasps, goats and pest plants.
Plan developed for Clare Tomkins, Parks Services Delivery Manager
High Country Contracting Ltd
Pleasant Point, December 2016 to current
Providing biosecurity consulting advice and planning services to a key contractor in the South Island's pest contracting industry..
Work done for Khan Adam, Business Manager
Horizons Regional Council
Palmerston North - 2016/17 to current (2 separate projects)
Contracted to assist with advocacy work and creating resources to 'highlight' the new Regional Pest Management Plan - included development of a 'pest management 101' (putting the RPMP into plain language) and analysis of Cost Benefit Analysis for the Regional Pest Management Plan, under the Biosecurity Act and National Policy Direction for Pest Management.
Carried out for Biosecurity/Biodiversity Manager
Waikato Regional Council and Horizons Regional Council
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
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.
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.
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
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)
Horizons Regional Council
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)
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.