Find-A-Pest is a new app that provides users with simple options to report potential insect and fungal pests of plants, pest weeds, and a range of other animal pests. Find-A-Pest is your opportunity to participate in the Ko Tātou movement of all New Zealanders contributing to biosecurity. It is easy to use 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 that you have subscribed to in your profile (found in the main menu).

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.

Version 1.0 is being used in a series of case studies between January and April 2019. If you are part of one of those, then welcome. If you have found this app via other channels then welcome to you also. We would appreciate feedback, both positive and constructive, on how we can improve this app in future version. Please send feedback via the following survey.

The app is a collaboration between Scion and Lincoln University that was funded by the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Regional Councils (via Environment Southland through Envirolink Tools), Biosecurity New Zealand, New Zealand Forest Owners Association and Kiwifruit Vine Health. An extensive co-design process underpinned the choice of app functionality that had input from additional partners, including Te Tira Whakamataki, iNaturalist NZ, Department of Conservation, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Auckland Council, NZ Avocado, NZ Wine, Horticulture New Zealand, New Zealand Apples and Pears, Dairy NZ, and Wakatū Incorporation.

What’s New

Version 1.1

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

2.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

D1A]d ,

Could be good but poor sign up page so didn’t get that far

Tried signing up 5 times but Username wasn’t unique each time. Wouldn’t be that bad but had to refill the form each time including the I am not a robot section then be told sorry that is used.
Other companies have it that this is verified before you go any further.

May be back to see if the app is good.


New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited
48.5 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Wi-Fi (5th generation), iPad (5th generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (2nd generation), iPad Pro (12.9‑inch) (2nd generation) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (10.5-inch), iPad Pro (10.5-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad (6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (6th generation), iPad Pro (11-inch), iPad Pro (11-inch) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch) Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPod touch.

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Scion


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