A collaborative approach

Invading, wilding conifers affect all New Zealanders in a variety of ways, and we all have an important role in fixing the problem.

Many individuals and groups are involved in managing the spread of wilding conifers. In 2006 a number of these got together – forming the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Group, to share good practice information and contribute research. Group members have initiated a number of joint research projects and have been instrumental in helping develop the National Wilding Conifer Control Strategy 2015-2013.

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme is based on this Strategy and, from 2016, has brought significant government funding and coordination to Group members’ work.

In addition to control operations, there is a range of research underway, co-funded by government and Group members.

National Wilding Conifer Control 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.

The Programme is informed by the 2015–2030 strategy, supported by $16 million in central government funding, and ensures a collaborative, coordinated and effective approach to national wilding management - find out more in the related link below

The Programme's Governance Group involves representatives from four Crown agencies, as well as representatives from community Trusts and regional councils involved in wilding conifer control. Crown agencies involved are:

  • the Ministry for Primary Industries (Lead agency)

  • the Department of Conservation

  • Land Information New Zealand

  • the New Zealand Defence Force

How the Programme works

In 2016, the government allocated an additional $16 million of funding over four years to coordinated and strategic wilding controll - aiming to prevent wilding conifers from spreading, and progressively removing them from land already invaded.

This involves controlling seedlings and outlying trees, and working back to the original seed source. Monitoring and ongoing management is needed for 5-6 years after initial control, as some wilding conifer seeds remain viable for this long. Types of control include manual control like hand-weeding and cutting with chainsaws, and using herbicides and machinery (for example, tractors and helicopters).

Programme funds are allocated to controlling wilding conifers in priority control areas, where scattered wildings are most prone to spreading. They are held by regional councils, who in turn fund control work in the agreed Management Units (geographical areas).

Each Management Unit has one or more project managers, who each oversee a contracting workforce for ground or aerial operations. For example:

governance and management

Who’s included?

In management units where wilding conifer control is being funded by the Programme, all landholders and landowners are eligible to be included in the programme.

If you're a landowner or landholder and want to investigate whether funding opportunities exist to help with your own wilding conifer problem, please talk with your local council.

Where is the Programme happening?

The below maps show wilding conifer affected and controlled areas under the National Programme for 2016–2019.

View a map of the North Island control areas [PDF, 2.1 MB]

View a map of the South Island control areas [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Science to support the Programme

A range of science research is being done to support the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme - follow the related link below

Who else is controlling wilding conifers?

A wide range of individuals and groups are working together to manage wilding conifer infestations.

They include the groups listed above, as well as:

  • community trusts

  • private land owners and managers, such as farmers, and lifestyle block owners.

  • companies (such as Landcorp and corporate plantation growers).


Science research

Learn about the science being done to support the Programme

A national strategy

2015-2030 Strategy

Community groups

Community groups