Introduction

All commercial vessel and tourism operators in the Hauraki Gulf must have a Pest Free Warrant. Find out how to get one here.

Pest-free warrant logo.

Auckland's Regional Pest Management Plan requires all commercial vessel and tourism operators to obtain and maintain a Pest Free Warrant (PFW).

The warrant assesses:

  • how well you apply biosecurity measures
  • how you communicate biosecurity best practice to your customers

Warrants are free, and we’ll be providing advice and support to businesses to phase-in their warrants between 2021-2024. 

Who needs a warrant?

  • All commercial vessel and tourism operators in the Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area.
  • Other service suppliers like caterers and gear-hire companies who may be contracted by the above.

How to get a warrant

Step 1: Meet the conditions

Make sure your operation meets the Pest Free Warrant conditions (PDF, 746K)

Step 2: Fill in an application form

Contact our biosecurity team for an application form.

Once your form has been received an appointment will be made to inspect and assess your operation.

Step 3: Have your operation assessed

A free warrant inspection of your operation will be made by a biosecurity staff member by booking an appointment at least two weeks in advance. The inspection looks at how well you apply biosecurity measures to your direct operation and how well you communicate biosecurity best practice advice to your customers.

If you successfully meet all biosecurity requirements at the initial inspection, you receive a Pest Free Warrant for the next 12 months. The warrant is subject to interim monitoring checks during the year.

Benefits of a warrant

  • You can use the Pest Free Warrant logo, offering a distinct marketing advantage: your customers will value your clean green commitment.
  • Your business will appear on our biosecurity friendly list.
  • Reduced risk of pest invasion on Hauraki Gulf islands, giving protection to the environment your customers are coming to see.
  • Involvement in a process that is clear, simple and applicable to a range of activities.
  • A standard condition for most DOC concessions and wharf permits for the Hauraki Gulf islands is the requirement for a Pest Free Warrant.

Training and induction video 

This video was developed for low risk Pest Free Warranted operators working in the Hauraki Gulf to use for induction support for their staff and crew.

It is a training tool for pest control requirements, and to help onshore marshalls to identify risk goods and what to do if faced with them. 

Watch the video.

Other permits you may need

You may also need one of the following permits to undertake commercial activities on DOC managed public conservation land:

  • Concession – this DOC permit allows you to undertake commercial activities, ie, guided walking, on public conservation land. A standard condition for most DOC concessions for the Hauraki Gulf islands is the requirement for a Pest Free Warrant.
  • Wharf use permit – this permit allows commercial boat operators to use DOC managed wharves in the Hauraki Gulf. As with concessions, a standard condition of wharf use permits is the requirement for a Pest Free Warrant.
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