Notice of hearing for agents to control the weed tutsan
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) advises a hearing is scheduled on an application to introduce a moth and a
leaf-feeding beetle as biological control agents. If approved for release, the moth Lathronympha strigana and the leaf-feeding beetle Chrysolina abchasica would be used to help control the weed tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum), which is threatening hill country farming.
The application, from the Tutsan Action Group, is made under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996.
A hearing to decide on the application will be held on 8 April 2016 at Willeston Conference Centre, Level 7, 22–28
Willeston St, Wellington. It will begin at9.30am. The final decision will be available on the EPA website.
The EPA’s role is to decide on applications under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act to import and
manufacture hazardous substances. We put controls in place to manage the risks of hazardous substances to safeguard
people and the environment.