Kiore (Pacific rat)
Rats are introduced pests which threaten the long-term survival of native species. They include the kiore (Pacific rat), ship rat (Black rat) and Norway rat.
Kiore, introduced by early Maori voyagers, predate rare weta, snails, frogs, lizards, tuatara, birds and bats, as well as other insects and the flowers, fruits and seeds of plants.
Ship rats and Norway rats also eat any small animals and plant material, including the adults, eggs and chicks of many rare birds.
Did you know there are three different types of rats found in New Zealand? Learn more in this section.
Rats pose a grave threat to a number of our native plants and animals. Learn more in this section.
Learn about DOC's work to reduce and eradicate rats from DOC-managed sites. View videos about how pest contol techniques can suppress rats.
Find out how you can assist DOC with controlling rats in New Zealand.
Pest control is a huge, ongoing job that occurs throughout New Zealand. In this video you'll meet The Friends of Rotoiti, volunteer trappers helping control pests in Nelson Lakes National Park.
Introduced rodents factsheet (PDF, 180K)
Kiore / Pacific rat / Polynesian rat factsheet (PDF, 247K)
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