Alligator weed was discovered in a lagoon near Waitara last month – the first confirmed sighting in Taranaki. This invasive pest plant clogs waterways, increases the risk of flooding and can be toxic to livestock. Inspections so far indicate it is confined to the lagoon system. A further survey is planned for November when the plant would be most visible. Meanwhile, a wallaby found in Mōkau also sparked concern, given its proximity to Taranaki. The Council is in close contact with Waikato Regional Council and to date, no further wallabies have been found. We're always on alert for Taranaki's ‘next pest' and you can help. If you see an unusual species, upload a photo to Find-A-Pest or call us on 0800 736 222.