Join a Biosecurity Advisory Group

Biosecurity Advisory Groups actively support the objectives of Canterbury's Biosecurity Programme. Understand how you can help achieve good outcomes for biosecurity in Canterbury.

Background to the Advisory Groups

Environment Canterbury has reviewed the community groups that advise on pest management (previously known as Pest Management Liaison Committees (PMLCs)).  There were major changes to Environment Canterbury’s approach to biosecurity mid 2018.

This included the adoption of the new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan (CRPMP) and changes to the rating mechanisms for biosecurity funding under the Long-Term Plan. PMLCs have been reviewed to ensure that they provide value to Environment Canterbury’s 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: 

Key points
New community groups have been established to assist in effectively managing plant and animal pests across the region. Group members will provide advice and support for regional biosecurity programme delivery in their area. There will be: 
  • four groups across Canterbury - North, Central, South, and Christchurch & Banks Peninsula;
  • 2–3 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.
Role of the new community 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
Get involved
Be a Biosecurity Champion

Critical to the success of these Biosecurity Advisory Groups is finding the right community members. We are looking for people who:

  • have a range of biosecurity/biodiversity interests, skills, knowledge and experience
  • reside or have a significant interest in the area
  • have good networks in the community
  • work collaboratively and are solution-focused; and
  • want to help us to achieve good outcomes for biosecurity in Canterbury

 The groups will be supported to get up to speed with regional biosecurity matters.

We are currently processing applications for the groups. This page will be updated with more information on the selection process in due course.

For further information on the Biosecurity Advisory Groups contact   biosecurity@ecan.govt.nz