Beetle to control the weed moth plant

Your views are now being sought on an application to release the moth plant beetle as a biocontrol agent for moth plant.

The Waikato Regional Council has applied to us to release an organism new to New Zealand - the root-feeding moth plant beetle Freudeita cupripennis, as a biocontrol agent for moth plant, Araujia hortorum. 

Moth plant is widely naturalised in New Zealand from Nelson and Marlborough northwards, and is abundant north of Tauranga. It is a tough, perennial climber from South America and adversely affects the health of forest margins, as well as many vulnerable habitats with smaller shrubs and herbs. 

The applicant says it is a significant threat to conservation values and urban environments.

Make a submission

We are seeking public submissions on this application.

You have until 5pm on 15 March 2019 to have your say.

Read the application documents

Complete a submission form

How to make an effective submission

Read our media release about the application