NZ's ambitious pest removal plan helps land major conference

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Rat in the woods Rats are putting NZ's native wildlife in jeopardy Photo Credit: Daniil Komov on

The New Zealand government’s ambitious plan to rid the country of invasive predators by 2050 helped its capital city win a major conference on pest control.

Auckland is expected to attract around 2,500 pest control experts when the Federation of Asia Oceania Pest Management Associations visits the city in 2026.

It will be the first time the federation has held its Pest Summit Conference in New Zealand - and it said the country’s Predator Free 2050 scheme helped swing the vote.

New Zealand wants to wipe out rats, stoats, weasels, and other imported predatory mammals that are ravaging the country’s natural wildlife, within the next 30 years.

The summit, the largest of its kind in the region, will see pest control specialists, academics, and industry suppliers convene at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC).

The event is being hosted by the Pest Management Association of New Zealand (PMANZ).

Executive council member Gerwyn Jones said: “New Zealand is seen as one of the leaders of innovation in the pest control space. Hosting FAOPMA is a great way to showcase our country and its technological advancements in pest control to the rest of the world. Being recognised on the global stage will be massive for PMANZ and the pest control industry in New Zealand. We will have 300 delegates from around the country coming to the conference, learning, collaborating, and building potential research or business partnerships with international leaders in this field.”

Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team and Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) helped PMANZ win the bid for New Zealand.

TNZ general manager business events Bjoern Spreitzer said: “Hosting this conference will open doors for future investment and research that can help make New Zealand predator-free and protect our ecosystems for future generations.”

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