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Pest plant help

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Pest plants (invasive weeds) pose a serious threat to gardens, farms, orchards, plantation forests, native bush, wetlands and sand dunes. 

Many common weeds are not invasive and pose no serious threat - they are simply a nuisance. The Regional Council's focus is not on common weeds, but on a small number of high risk weeds that are extremely invasive and damaging.

Many invasive pest plants are species that have escaped from gardens and ‘gone wild’. They can be spread through greenwaste dumping or when the seeds are eaten and processed by birds. Fixing the damage resulting from uncontrolled invasive weed spread could cost our region millions of dollars each year.  

Pest FAQ

Is your machine clean?

Stop the spread of pasture weeds like velvetleaf, Noogoora bur and alligator weed by making sure machinery is clean before using it on a new job or property. 

Keep it Clean. Machinery hygiene guidelines and logbook to prevent the spread of pests and weeds (NPCA, June 2013) pdf 3.42MB 

"Clean your machine" (hitchhikers guide) fact sheet, LM38 (pdf 1.2MB)

FREE help services

Spraying Woolly Nightshade

Bay of Plenty Regional Council can help you manage pest plants on your property. We offer the following free services:

  • How to plan and go about your weed management
  • Where to get materials and equipment
  • Help with identifying unknown weeds
  • We can meet with you at your place, and tailor advice to your situation
  • Monitoring and surveillance of some weeds
  • Assistance for some pest control activities
  • Project coordination with multiple landowners

Give one of us a call on 0800 STOP PESTS (0800 786 773) or send an email to

Pest plant index

Check out the A - Z of weeds and other free resources at the Weedbusters website:

Who else can help?

Other groups may be able to provide pest plant advice or funding. The main ones are:

 I Need Funding DIY pest control button Got a question button