Professional Pest Manager Magazine Launches into New Zealand

Professional Pest Manager is now available to pest managers in New Zealand both in print and online. 

Although Professional Pest Manager magazine has always been available to New Zealand pest managers, the magazine hasn’t actively been promoted in New Zealand, until now. New Zealand pest managers can access the magazine online and will be able to subscribe to receive a printed version of the magazine. They will also get their own dedicated monthly E-Newsletter (PPM Pest E-News) and website with content tailored to the New Zealand market.

“Much of the magazine content is directly relevant to the New Zealand market (apart from the termite information) and many of the products are the same, so it makes sense to make it easier for New Zealand pest managers to access the magazine,” commented Dr Phil Ridley, director at Professional Pest Manager magazine.

“We are also generating some New Zealand specific content – there will be a New Zealand news spread in the magazine, a separate monthly PPM E-News and a dedicated website.”

The New Zealand version of the website is the location for New Zealand pest managers to sign up and log in. Sign-up is free for the online package, with a paid subscription available soon, which will allow pest managers to receive the printed magazine. However, if you want to receive a free copy of this issue of the magazine, drop into Key Industries in Auckland (while stocks last) or go along to one of the Pest Network training events.


Pest Network Dates 2024

Pest Network training dates for 2024 have been released (pestnetwork. The series runs across five venues – Queenstown, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland. It starts on Friday May 31 in Queenstown, which rolls into the Kings’ birthday weekend, making it a great opportunity to combine business with pleasure. It finishes in Auckland on Wednesday June 12.


PMANZ Conference

Every second year New Zealand hosts its annual pest control conference, run by the Pest Management Association of New Zealand (PMANZ). This year, the event will be taking place on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 August at the Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre in Auckland.

The title for the 2024 event is ‘Emerging Challenges in Pest Management’, which will focus on the evolving nature of pest management and the new challenges it presents. Discussions will cover the need for adaptive pest control strategies.


PMANZ conference
The expert speakers make the PMANZ Conference a valuable learning experience


Speakers at the conference include Dr William Robinson, a renowned pest control researcher and innovator who possesses half a century of experience studying and testing application technologies and techniques. His presentations will look at busting pest control myths, wood protection measures, his research experience with German cockroaches.

Together with Dr Paul Craddock, biosecurity consultant Helen Blackie will be discussing ‘Advances in Rodent Monitoring and Control Tools’.

With invasive mammal pests a key issue in New Zealand, also included in the line-up is Professor Dan Tompkins, science strategy manager at Predator Free 2050 Ltd.

Other speakers include Australia’s Peter McCarthy from PestIT. His experience of driving innovation in the bird management will see him presenting ‘New Developments in Bird Management’.

“PMANZ is looking forward to welcoming delegates from all across New Zealand and Australia to its August conference,” said Gerwyn Jones, Vice President of PMANZ.

“This conference will also be the first where attendance will count towards the newly introduced programme of Continuing Professional Development for Qualified Technicians.

“As well as the formal sessions, the conference will, as ever, be well supported by industry sponsors with many new ideas and systems for delegates to explore. And then there are always the much-appreciated networking opportunities, giving the chance to catch up with old friends – and competitors!”

Visit the PMANZ website for further details.


NZ Pest Manager Stories

Professional Pest Manager magazine is always looking for stories about pest managers and pest management companies, especially if there are some learnings for the broader pest control industry. New Zealand pest managers who have an idea or story to share should contact the magazine’s editor, Fiona Fraser.


Marketing Services for New Zealand Pest Managers

Professional Pest Manager also provide marketing services to pest control companies, including website development, SEO services and online advertising support. More details can be found in the article in the Product & Services News section of this magazine (p45).


Pests in the News

For anyone in the New Zealand pest control industry, it is difficult not be aware of the ongoing focus on rodent control issues in Woolworths stores across the country.

There are undoubtably learnings to be had with regards to rodent management, including the importance of communication and record keeping, designation of responsibilities for actions, implementation of rodent proofing and generally the challenges of rodent control in a supermarket environment. Professional Pest Manager magazine will explore these issues in upcoming editions of the magazine.