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About the National Programme

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme was established in 2016 to ensure a collaborative, coordinated and effective approach to national wilding management. It includes central and local government agencies, and is supported by a wide range of stakeholder groups.

In 2016, the government pledged $16 million over 4 years for the first phase of a national control programme. This was used to tackle wilding conifers in the highest priority areas. Budget 2020 allocated further Crown funding of $100 million over 4 years to expand the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme.

For more detail about the work carried out with government funding to date, visit https://www.mpi.govt.nz/biosecurity/long-term-biosecurity-management-programmes/wilding-conifers

Who is involved

The programme's governance group involves four Crown agencies, as well as representatives from community trusts and regional councils involved in wilding conifer control. The Programme Partners  are:

  • Biosecurity New Zealand, part of MPI (lead agency)
  • Department of Conservation
  • Land Information New Zealand
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Federated Farmers
  • Forestry Owners Association
  • Wilding Pine Network
  • Local Government (currently represented by Environment Canterbury)

In addition, a wide range of individuals and groups are working together to manage wilding conifer infestations. They include:

  • Runanga representing local Iwi and Hapū
  • community trusts
  • private land owners and managers, like farmers and lifestyle block owners
  • companies like Landcorp, corporate plantation growers, and others.

The Programme’s control operations are managed regionally, through funding agreements with Regional Councils. They are responsible for managing local pests according to their regional pest management plans, and work with the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme and local contractors to plan and carry out wilding control work within their region.

Publications from the Programme