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Find-A-Pest is a the free to use app that provides users with simple options to report all potential pests.


Find-A-Pest is your opportunity to participate in the Ko Tātou movement of all New Zealanders contributing to biosecurity. It's an easy to use app, with observations made simply by clicking the camera button or via one of the factsheets. The factsheets highlight particular species that are of interest to the sectors.

Find-A-Pest is a collaborative project based at the University of Canterbury between DOC, MPI, Regional Councils, Te Tira Whakamataki and primary industry groups including NZ Wine, KVH, NZ Forest Owners Association, Summerfruit NZ, Horticulture NZ, Apples & Pears NZ. If you're from an organisation that would like to get involved - drop us a line and see what can be done when we all work together for biosecurity!

When you make an observation you will quickly get help from specialists at Find-A-Pest and via the iNaturalist NZ community. If your observation is considered to be a potential biosecurity threat then it may be forwarded to Biosecurity New Zealand who will, if necessary, contact you for more information if they feel it is necessary. Comments and identifications will appear directly in your activity page along with all of the observations you have logged to date.


The app was developed as a collaboration between scientists at Scion and Lincoln University that was funded by the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Regional Councils (via Environment Southland through Envirolink Tools), Biosecurity New ZealandNew Zealand Forest Owners AssociationZespri, and Kiwifruit Vine Health.


An extensive co-design process underpinned the choice of app functionality that had input from additional partners, including Te Tira WhakamatakiiNaturalist NZDepartment of ConservationHawke’s Bay Regional CouncilAuckland CouncilNZ AvocadoNZ WineHorticulture New ZealandNew Zealand Apples and PearsDairy NZ, and Wakatū Incorporation.

The app was built by the clever people at Tauranga based Cucumber.


Alerts and news

Get notifications of biosecurity alerts relevant to you, displayed on your phone even when the Find-A-Pest app is closed. Also get news on pests and events related to your industries of interest and your region of NZ.

Identification Notifications

When one of our identifiers responses to your observation, or a comment is made on your observation within iNaturalist NZ, 


iNaturalist has used their millions of identified photos to build an amazing machine learning system they call computer vision. This is used on the app to give instant identification suggestions of observations.

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