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Have your say on insects to combat giant reed

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on an application to release two insects as biological control agents for the weed giant reed. Northland Regional Council has applied to introduce the arundo wasp (Tetramesa romana) and the arundo scale insect (Rhizaspidiotus donacis) to work together to control the weed giant reed (Arundo donax). 

The public are invited to make subm​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​issions on the application to the EPA. The submission period for this application opens on 21 September and closes at 5pm on 3 November 2015.

 Download a submission form (Word, 100 kb)

 Download a submission form​ (pdf, 65 kb)

All submissions must be submitted in writing via email to:  or mail to Private Bag 63002, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.

A public hearing may be held before a decision is made.

Submitters may also choose to present their views in person at a hearing, the date of which will be confirmed after submissions close.

The EPA would provide at least 10 working days’ notice of the hearing date, time and place. We'll provide this information to all submitters and the applicant.

Questions about the submission or hearing process can be addressed to Clark Ehlers by phone: (04) 474 5495 or email:


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