Pest Plants: Recognise, Report, Remove, Restore

Pest weeds have invaded Kaipātiki!

Invasive weeds are trying to take over our precious reserves and gardens. If left, they smother native bush, take over backyards and damage our native ecology. They can also harbour rats and some can be a health issue for us too. 


Are these pest weeds taking over your backyard or neighbourhood?  


It’s time to take them out and restore Kaipātiki!  

Have you seen these pest weeds?

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Help free your backyard and neighbourhoods of these pest weeds

For pest plants, remember the Four R's:

Recognise - Learn to recognise pest weeds using the iNaturalist app or the Forest & Bird Weed Guide 2021

Report - Report pest weeds and the weed control work so that fellow volunteers and restoration groups can achieve more –  to find out more about reporting weeds, go to EcoNet CAMS Weed App

Remove - Remove pest weeds 

Restore - Restore native biodiversity by planting native plants in your backyard, your workplace or school, by yourself, with your whanau, or by joining a restoration group​

Health & Safety

Before beginning pest weed control activity, please read our Health & Safety during Weed Control guide. This will ensure that you, your family, pets and environment stay safe and healthy. Feel free to contact us with any enquiries also.

Pest plant information

Pest weed factsheets


If you want more details on some of the worst weeds to view or download, use the fact sheets below to learn how to recognise and remove these pest plants.

And please click on this link to see our latest fact sheet: Madeira vine fact sheet (PDF)

moth plant pods and vines on ground

moth plant pods and vines 

aka moth vine, cruel plant

Moth Plant advice in Chinese? 

If you have neighbours who would welcome some moth plant information in Chinese, click here for the Auckland Council brochure Moth plant brochure in CHINESE

Council also has a range of weed brochures in Chinese - ask at your local library.


wild ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum)

aka Kahili ginger

woolly nightshade (Solanum mauritianum)

aka tobacco plant, tobacco weed

For information on a wide range of pest weeds and ability to search and view photos, try the two following resources:

Moth plant

Wild ginger

Woolly nightshade

Disposal of seriously invasive pest weeds 

There are many ways to dispose of pest weeds safely and effectively.

For more information, please see our Pest plant disposal page.

See PFK on Facebook for updates and Events page for community activities

Auckland's Regional Pest Management Plan

What is the Auckland "Regional Pest Management Plan" (RPMP)?

The RPMP or Regional Pest Management Plan includes rules about all sorts of pests - animals, plants and pathogens. It is written within the context of the Biosecurity Act and takes into account the Good Neighbour rules. 

The RPMP will introduce a new approach to controlling environmental weeds in buffer zones around high value reserves. It has selected Pest Free Kaipātiki to work with it to develop a community led education and encouragement approach to controlling the weeds which do the most damage to ecological reserves. 

Under the RPMP, property owners/occupants will be required to control the following highly invasive weeds if they live within a "buffer" zone - an area of 500 metres around high value ecological reserves.  The RPMP is based on the "Good Neighbour" principles of the Biosecurity Act - but we hope that people will control invasive weeds across Kaipātiki to protect our native bush reserves and SEAs as well as their neighbours' gardens. 

Read more here:



How can I do more to help control pest weeds ?

How do I become a street champion or join a pest weed Hit Squad?

Click on the Volunteer button and fill in your details.

Want to help with pest weed hit squads or weeding bees?

Go to this page: Where and when are pest plant hit squads and working bees held

How does the Pest Weed Campaign help with wider environmental issues?

  • Environmental weeds destroy biodiversity by smothering native and food-producing plants

  • They suppress native regeneration - meaning that the ecology under old trees gradually dies out

  • Our pest control programmes complement native restoration and tree planting programmes

  • Some environmental weeds have adverse health effects - eg moth plant, woolly nightshade, privet

  • Controlling environmental weeds is a step in making for a healthier neighbourhood and planet.