Conifer Cavalry volunteers remove young pine trees
Image: Jesse Bythell ©


Rampant weeds are smothering our native plants and destroying our native landscapes. Help stop them now, and join the action to protect our nature.


Invasive weeds are destroying our native plant communities. This invasion is transforming  the natural landscapes that make New Zealand unique. It's also killing the native animals that depend on those habitats.  

It's happening in our wetlands, coastal dunes, shrublands and bush. The process is too slow to see but never stops. Time lapse photos can reveal the relentless progression of weed invasion.

If we are to preserve our natural landscapes and native species, we have to fight a 'War on Weeds'.

To win this war we must all work together. We invite you to join with DOC and conservation groups nationwide to fight the War on Weeds. Watch a video about a group waging war on weeds in pristine native bush at Lake Kaniere near Hokitika.


War on weeds begins and other media and blog stories

War on Weeds brochure (PDF, 582K)

Weedbusters For weed lists, weed control advice and local Weedbuster groups

Weedbusters logo.

Wilding conifer control How wilding pines invade our iconic landscapes

Managing weeds DOC's systems

Weed management field course An overview of weeds, their impact, and DOC's control and monitoring methods

Investigating plant pests Use this education resource to investigate plant pests (weeds) in your school grounds or another local green space.

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