Invasive species in New Zealand
A number of introduced species, some of which have become invasive species, have been added to New Zealand's native flora and fauna. Both deliberate and accidental introductions have been made from the time of the first human settlement, with several waves of Polynesian people at some time before the year 1300, followed by Europeans after 1769.
Almost without exception, the introduced species have been detrimental to the native flora and fauna but some, such as farmed sheep and cows and the clover upon which they feed, now form a large part of the economy of New Zealand. Registers, lists and indexes of species that are invasive, potentially invasive, or a threat to agriculture or biodiversity are maintained by Biosecurity New Zealand.
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Many invasive animal species are listed in schedules 5 and 6 of the Wildlife Act 1953. Those in Schedule 5 have no protection and may be killed. Those in Schedule 6 are declared to be noxious animals and subject to the Noxious Animals Act 1956. In 2016 the New Zealand government introduced Predator Free 2050, a project to eliminate all non-native predators (such as rats, possums and stoats) by 2050.
Some of the invasive animal species are as follows.
The National Pest Plant Accord, with a listing of about 120 genus, species, hybrids and subspecies, was developed to limit the spread of plant pests. Invasive plants are classified as such on a regional basis with some plants declared as national plant pests. The Department of Conservation also lists 328 vascular plant species as environmental weeds.
Some of the better-known invasive plant species are:
- Acacia species (mostly Australian) especially wattle
- Acanthus - bears britches
- Arundo donax - giant reed (or elephant grass)
- Banana passionfruit
- Boxthorn (Lycium ferossimum)
- Broom (Cytisus scoparius)
- Buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus)
- Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis)
- Californian thistle
- Cape sundew (Drosera capensis)
- Cape tulip
- Christmasberry (Schinus terebinthifolius)
- Climbing asparagus (Asparagus scandens)
- Darwin's barberry (Berberis darwnii)
- Didymosphenia geminata ("didymo" or "rock snot")
- Field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
- Japanese honeysuckle
- Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)
- Kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum)
- Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)
- Mexican daisy
- Mexican devil (Ageratina adenophora)
- Morning glory (Convolvulus)
- Moth plant
- Old man's beard
- Oxygen weed (Egeria)
- Oxygen weed (Lagarosiphon major)
- Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana)
- Purple loosestrife
- Queen of the night (Cestrum nocturnum)
- Rhododendron ponticum
- Salix cinerea (gray willow)
- Salix fragilis (crack willow)
- Scotch thistle
- Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
- Tradescantia fluminensis
- Yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus)
Animals in New Zealand
- Australian magpies in New Zealand
- Canada geese in New Zealand
- Cats in New Zealand
- Common brushtail possum in New Zealand
- Gypsy moths in New Zealand
- Stoats in New Zealand
Plants in New Zealand
- Agapanthus in New Zealand
- Blue morning glory in New Zealand
- Didymo in New Zealand
- Gorse in New Zealand
- Old man's beard in New Zealand
- Privet as an invasive plant
- Wilding conifer
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- It has been suggested that the harrier hawk may have benefited.
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There will be sites where the Department will want to eradicate salmonids species because they pose a significant threat to the maintenance of a threatened species or ecosystem...
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Auckland has the dubious honour of being the weediest city in the world, with 220 weeds (and climbing).
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- Biosecurity New Zealand NZ Government Agency responsible for biosecurity
- New Zealand Department of Conservation - animal pests
- New Zealand Department of Conservation - plant pests (weeds)
- Searchable database on unwanted organisms at the Ministry for Primary Industries
- Information on plant pests at Weedbusters