Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions...

Why is a Pest-Free Kaipatiki so important?

Many people came to live in Kaipātiki because of its beautiful native bush reserves and native birds. Tourists also visit our reserves because they have something special and beautiful.  If we let pest animals and plants run wild, this uniquely wonderful native heritage will be overtaken by rats, possums and boring and often unhealthy weeds. Our native bush reserves make a vital contribution to our fresh air, our mental and physical well-being and a better quality life. Please help protect them.

Kingfishers love the Kaipatiki coast

Kingfishers love the Kaipatiki coast

Kingfisher / Photo: Sid Mosdell on Flickr (CC)

Native birds depend on native plants

Native birds depend on native plants

Tui on flax / Photo: Sid Mosdell on Flickr (CC)

Kaipatiki offers a range of habitats

Kaipatiki offers a range of habitats

Kauri Point / Photo: P. Templeton

Biodiversity = a healthy ecosystem

Biodiversity = a healthy ecosystem

Weta / Photo: dubh on Flickr (CC)

and in turn, help pollinate natives

and in turn, help pollinate natives

Silvereyes / Photo: Bernard Spragg on Flickr (CC)

Support eco-systems to thrive

Support eco-systems to thrive

Epiphytes / Photo: Hazel Owen on Flickr (CC)

Help protect rare species habitats

Help protect rare species habitats

Morepork / Photo Russell Chilton on Flickr (CC)

I have weeds growing on my property, but I'm not sure what they are or what to use?

The North Shore Forest & Bird Weed Control Guide can help you identify any pest weed, how to remove them effectively and safely either without agrichemicals or with the minimum amount of the right agrichemicals.
To download the guide, click here: North Shore Forest & Bird Weed Control Guide

My street, neighbourhood or reserve has pest plants, what can I do?

To get involved, why not join an existing restoration or weeding group? Visit our Join a local group page to see our active groups, make contact or drop in at an event and introduce yourself.

To report pest plants in a park or reserve, we recommend that you take a photo and send an email to and add the following details:

  • The street address

  • More details that will help the Council officers or contractors find them

Council will then send your information to the Council contractors. If there is a local volunteer group, they may be invited to solve the problem - which helps save your rates!

I have seen Moth Plant in my neighbourhood or park, what should I do?

Did you know Moth Plant vine kills monarch butterflies AND also can send thousands of seeds floating 30 km across Auckland - spreading into native bush. It is now widespread across Auckland.  The 'Dirty Duo' campaign is currently targeting both Moth Plant & Wild Ginger -  learn how to report these and other pest weeds using the app.

​Read more about the Moth Plant and Wild Ginger weed campaign

How do I get rid of a possum on my property?

You’ll probably have heard of the damage that possums do to our native reserves. They will almost literally eat our native trees to death. Not to mention what they’ll do to your garden or orchard.  If you are a Kaipātiki resident, you can borrow a Timms trap from our ToolShed, or purchase one for yourself from the Glenfield Service Centre. Kaipātiki Project continues to hire out Timms traps also.  See our Resources page for more info.

How do I get rid of rats on my property?

If you are a Kaipātiki resident, and have a problem with rats around your home, school or workplace, you can join the Predator Blitz by coordinating with our pulsing schedule (which is timed for targeting rats during breeding season) and borrow a trap or bait station from us. To see if you qualify for free assistance, visit our Enhanced halo page

See our Resources page or Contact us for technical details.

Kiwibank and Predator Free NZ  have kindly supplied Pest Free Kaipatiki with a supply of subsidised Goodnature A24 traps to residents.  Sales in these neighbourhoods will enable more Goodnature traps to be purchased for other properties and reserves with hard to reach areas, eg. dense bush or steep terrain. Contact us if you are interested in purchasing a trap before they are gone. 

What about pollution and rubbish dumping?

Yes, unfortunately people can be pests too! PFK and the Kaipātiki Local Board are fully committed to protecting our environment from harmful human impact.

To report pollution: call the Auckland Council Pollution Response Team 09 377 3107 or visit the Council website's Pollution page.

To report illegal dumping: phone 0800 NO DUMP (0800 663 867) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

If you have concerns about a park or reserve: be sure to make contact with the group representative via our Find a Group page and let them know what is going on.

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