New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment – New Zealand’s independent environmental watchdog – undertook an unprecedented system-wide review of the country’s weed management system. This investigation at the science-policy interface uncovered a system characterised by inadequate leadership and governance, uncoordinated actions, fragmented databases, and patchy surveillance. Recommendations included making legislative changes to improve leadership, developing a single authoritative publicly-accessible database of all exotic plants, and establishing an ‘emerging risks team’ to coordinate management of new weeds. These aimed to draw on expertise of researchers, indigenous people, practitioners, and decision-makers to prevent New Zealand’s unique native ecosystems falling victim to weeds.