Animal Pest Management
Animal pests have a significant and adverse effect on the region's pasture, bush, and water quality and consequently on human health and the regional economy.
Regional control animal pests are possums, rabbits, and rooks.
We manage extensive programmes - in both town and country - to keep possums to the low levels we have now achieved in Hawke’s Bay. We have set a Rook Eradication Zones with the objective of eradicating rooks north of State Highway 5. We can support farmers in controlling rabbits.
Site specific programmes can be set up for some species under certain circumstances, ie feral goats, deer, pigs, mustelids, feral cats and rats.
What we do?
HBRC’s Animal Pest Advisory Team is responsible for the day to day management of HBRC’s animal pest programmes and site specific control work, plus advisory services. Ground work is chiefly carried out by contractors.
What you can do to help
We rely on Hawke's Bay residents to be our eyes and ears looking out and reporting unusual organisms so we can respond immediately. Whether you are a landowner, lifestyle property owner or urban resident, there are animal pests that will require dealing with at some time or another.
You can find out more about the type of pests and how to deal with them, and about what subsidies are available for pest control on our info sheet page.
If you would like help with a pest control problem, or wish to report anything you think our Pest Control team should know about you can do so on our Fix It page.