About Us

Our company

Connovation is a world leader in the research, development and manufacture of invasive animal pest control technologies. Connovation is leading the fight against introduced threats to ensure that New Zealand’s economic, cultural and natural resources are protected and enhanced. We put a real focus on research and development, and strive to create products that are eco-friendly, humane and practical.

We specialise in possum control and rodent control but also products for the control of stoats, ferrets and weasels and specialised target specific products for wallaby pests.

Whether you are an individual, a contractor, or a land care group, we can isolate your problems and provide the right products for your needs. Our business is split into four areas; Research and Development, Commercialisation, Monitoring, and Control.

Talk to the team at Connovation for a practical solution to your pest problem.

Research and development

Connovation Research and Development Team

Connovation Ltd is unique compared to other pest control suppliers in that we have a dedicated research, development and commercialisation team who collaborate closely with university research institutes and government organisations including the department of conservation and TBfree New Zealand. Our research team is multidisciplinary including ecologists and engineers as well as formulation and toxicology experts.

We have experience providing pest control solutions in New Zealand and internationally.

Our research provides innovative and novel solutions to pest problems with a proven track record of undertaking research with commercial realisation.

Examples of this include the registration of PredaSTOP for stoat and feral cat control. Bait-Rite for possum and feral pig control and ZAP for possum control. The only three new vertebrate toxic agents registered in New Zealand in the last 30 years.

New toxins and baits are being researched and developed with improved safety, low residue risk and welfare as primary considerations.

Our current research involves integrating these new toxins into advanced delivery systems to enable long-term suppression of pest populations.

Our People

Duncan MacMorran

Duncan has been CEO of Connovation for 10 years.

He has a business background as a chartered accountant, and as general manager of computer software & hardware companies operating in New Zealand and Australia.  He brings to Connovation a strong financial, strategic and commercial focus which has transformed Connovation from a single product entity to one of New Zealand’s leading vertebrate pesticide and research companies with business activities in England, America and Australia.

Paul Aylett
Operations Manager

Paul Aylett is our Operations Manager; he is responsible for the management of the manufacturing facility, production, purchasing and formulation of product as well as the production of material for research and development. Paul has been with Connovation since 2001. Paul has had extensive experience in the manufacture of Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Household products, soaps and foods both hands on, in R&D and in management.


Conservation & partners

Continual research and development is the key to our success. Our research team collaborate widely with scientists from New Zealand and overseas. Strong links have been forged with key end users, government departments, community groups and Iwi to provide valuable input, feedback and practical advice on our research and development programme.

Our Partners

Nationally and internationally we link with:

  • Lincoln University
  • Department of Conservation
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Regional Councils
  • Invasive Animal Co-operative Research Centre (Australia)
  • TBfree New Zealand
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • United States Department of Agriculture