Agricultural compounds and pesticides

Agricultural compounds are used for many purposes, including protecting native plants and wildlife and minimising health risks from pests.

Why pesticides and agricultural compounds are used

A range of pesticides and agricultural compounds are used in Aotearoa New Zealand for many purposes, including to:

  • protect native plants and wildlife
  • avoid insect bites
  • minimise health risks from pests
  • protect houses and buildings from infestation
  • prevent spoilage of crops.

Pest control

Chemicals for pest control are commonly used, both commercially and in the home. They are used for prevention, control and treatment.

Pests and insects

Vertebrate Toxic Agents

Vertebrate Toxic Agents (VTAs) are pesticides such as 1080, cyanide, and brodifacoum. They are used to eliminate or control populations of pests such as:

  • possums
  • rabbits
  • stoats
  • rats.

To be able to use certain VTAs and other hazardous substances, you may need to apply for permission from a public health officer. You have a legal obligation to comply with any conditions in the permission.

Last updated: