Working together to protect New Zealand


Plant Me Instead Booklets

Many of the weedy species that are invading and damaging our natural areas are ornamental plants that have 'jumped the fence' from gardens and gone wild. It costs councils, government departments and private landowners millions of dollars, and volunteers and community groups thousands of unpaid hours, to control these weeds each year.

These Plant Me Instead booklets profile the environmental weeds of greatest concern to those in your region who work and volunteer in local parks and reserves, national parks, bush remnants, wetlands and coastal areas. Suggestions are given for locally-sold non-weedy species, both native and non-native, that can be used to replace these weeds in your garden.

We hope that these booklets give you some ideas on what you can do in your own backyard to help protect New Zealand's precious environment.

Available Booklets

Download the booklets in PDF format or email to order a free copy.


  • Northland (5MB)


  • Auckland (3MB)

Central Districts

  • Central Districts (3.9 MB)

Bay of Plenty

  • Bay of Plenty (4.5MB)


  • Waikato (3.8MB)

East Coast/Hawkes Bay

  • East Coast/Hawkes Bay (2.5MB)


  • Wellington (3.5MB)

Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast

  • Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast (5.4MB)


  • Canterbury/Otago (2.5MB)


  • Southland (2.2MB)