Application to release two new biocontrols to combat wasps

This application was heard on 17 December 2020.

The Tasman District Council applied to us to release two organisms into New Zealand.

The application is to import and release 2 parasitoids, Metoecus paradoxus and Volucella inanis, as biological control agents for the invasive German and common wasps.

Public submissions and hearing

The public submission period for this application closed on 6 November 2020.

After evaluating and reviewing the written submissions we considered that a hearing was necessary to decide the application.  A hearing was held in Wellington on Thursday 17 December 2020 where submitters made presentations to the Decision-making Committee.


The Decision-making Committee will now consider and finalise its decision which we expect to be released by 28 February 2021.

Read the documents for this application to release two parasitoids