Biosecurity Advisory Groups

Community groups have been established to assist in effectively managing plant and animal pests across the region. The Biosecurity Advisory Groups will actively support the objectives of Canterbury's Biosecurity Programme.

About the advisory group

Group members will provide advice and support for regional biosecurity programme delivery in their area. There are: 

  • four groups across Canterbury - North, Central, South, and Christchurch & Banks Peninsula;
  • two-to-three meetings per year, open to the public;
  • mixed membership of Regional Council Councillors, District Council Councillors, Rūnanga Representatives and community members; and
  • financial reimbursement for community members and Rūnanga representatives.
Christchurch/Banks Peninsula Group Central Group Northern Biosecurity Advisory Group Southern Group
 1. Colin Meurk  1. Andy Cox 1. Clint McConchie 1. Angela Johnston
2. Gabe Ross   2. Barry Austin 2. Duncan Lundy 2. Councillor Anne Munro, Mackenzie District Council
3. Gina Waibl  3. Councillor Bob Mugford, Selwyn District Council 3. Councillor Grant Edge, Environment Canterbury 3. Councillor Elizabeth Mackenzie, Environment Canterbury 
4. Councillor Jeff Bland, Selwyn District Council 4. Chas Todhunter 4. Hamish Chamberlain 4. Gary Foster
5. John Clemens 5. Fiona McDonald 5. Hamish Galletly 5. Gavin Loxton 
6. Karl Dean  6. Hamish Gilpin 6. Hamish Roxburgh 6. Ines Stager 
7. Councillor Lan Pham, Environment Canterbury 7. Helen Stewart  7. Lorna Sandeman  7. John Abelen
8. Pam Richardson  8. Councillor Ian Mackenzie, Environment Canterbury 8. Mark Giles 8. John Talbot
9. Paul de Latour  9. Maree Goldring 9. Richard Reed 9. Matt Simpson 
10. Philip Hulme  10. Michael McMillan 10. Ted Howard 10. Michael McMillan
11. Richard Ball  11. Michael Salvesen 11. Councillor Vince Daly, Hurunui District Council 11. Richard Patterson
  12. Nicky Snoyink 12. Winton Dalley 12. Rob Young
  13. Roger Bray    


Roles of the groups

These groups will:

Support the new Biosecurity Programme

  • Include both production pests and pests which threaten biodiversity in their scope
  • Be part of biosecurity efforts to prevent new pests arriving and becoming established (ie, incursion response)

Think regionally and act locally

  • Increase their understanding of how pests arrive and spread, and how the rest of the region is affected by local actions
  • Support funding bids and field trials to improve the toolkit for pest management

Be biosecurity champions

  • Actively and positively support the objectives of the Biosecurity Programme
  • Champion pest hygiene practices within their communities
  • Advocate for and meet the requirements of the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan

Provide a forum for pest management

  • Seek to include local groups and organisations with an interest in biosecurity, biodiversity and pest management to share information. This is to increase the alignment of pest management in the community and enable opportunities to work together
  • Invite Research Institutions to share information on research and trials relevant to the Biosecurity Programme
  • Provide a mechanism to increase local understanding and ownership of biosecurity management and issues

Provide local intel

  • Be vigilant and alert to the arrival of new pests – ie, provide another set of eyes on the ground
  • Represent and relay the concerns of the community
Attend a meeting

Members of the public are welcome to attend the Biosecurity Advisory Group meetings. 

View the calendar for upcoming Biosecurity Advisory Group meetings, along with meeting minutes and agendas.

The meetings will provide a forum for all the work being carried out in the area to help achieve biosecurity outcomes.

Local Group members may also be a good point of contact on biosecurity matters in your community.

Background to the Advisory Groups

There were major changes to Environment Canterbury’s approach to biosecurity in mid-2018. This included the adoption of a new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan (CRPMP) and changes to the rating mechanisms for biosecurity funding under the Long-Term Plan.

The community groups that advise on pest management (previously known as Pest Management Liaison Committees) were also reviewed, to ensure they provide value to our biosecurity programme and to their communities.

Terms of Reference

There are a number of requirements that the groups must follow, relating to their role and purpose, a code of conduct, group selection and remuneration. For more detail, read either the: 

For further information on the Biosecurity Advisory Groups contact