Aug 31, 2021, 12:00 AM

Global Food Summit - Ensuring a healthier, safer future for all

The programme for the Global Public Health & Food Safety Summit has been designed to address food safety from a global perspective. Leading researchers and practitioners from across the world will discuss and review the latest key aspects of delivering healthy and safe food.

The Global Food Summit runs over the three days of June 4-6, 2024 and is to be held at the Eden Roc hotel in Miami, Florida USA. The third day, June 6, is also World Pest Day to be hosted by the Global Pest Management Coalition.

The event is being jointly organised by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) from the USA, the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) from Europe and from Asia and Oceania, the Federation of Asian & Oceania Pest Managers Associations (FAOPMA).

After the opening remarks and welcome, the event begins with a keynote panel discussion led by Taro Kanazawa, president of FAOPMA who is joined by a formidable array of leaders from the world’s largest international pest control companies. These include Andy Ransom, chief executive of Rentokil Initial, accompanied by Nicolas Granucci, president of global pest for Ecolab Inc. Completing this round-up of global players is Matt Turek, division president Orkin International and Hakan Kjelberg technical manager for the Anticimex group international.

From the world of research, Dr Faith Oi from the University of Florida will debate how the influence of global climate change will affect public health, property and food. Whereas, Professor Coby Schal, from North Carolina State University, will review the latest research linking pest associated bio-contaminants to human health impacts.

During the three days further presentations will cover the latest advances and best practice in public health and food safety. Topics to be covered include the use of remote sensing equipment, rat monitoring in urban environments and surveillance programmes in vector-borne disease management.

From a more practical perspective, the challenges and client expectations facing pest management professionals servicing the food industry are to be covered, as are new technologies, food safety audits and regulations.

Details can be found on the Summit website at Information regarding the programme, registration and hotel details are available here. Favourable hotel rates are available for reservations made before May 13.


Wanted - Pest Control Sales Technician

Become part of an innovative, medium size business providing commercial and residential
pest control with a focus on environmentally friendly and cruelty free alternatives implementing the latest technologies.

Having been established for over a decade and working towards Predator Free 2050, it is time to expand our team based at our pleasant working premises just South of Rotorua.

Our work shed and office is based at 50 State Highway 5, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3073.

We are looking for a person with a can-do attitude and the confidence to help with our increasing workload. The position is versatile and challenging, with a lot of room for personal input and growth. You will find your efforts appreciated from the start and for the person with the right skills to complement our team, there will be rewards and opportunities to advance further. 

The work involves a mix of one-off jobs and visits to regular clients, from small tasks, for example cockroach, spider, ant and flea treatments to complex projects, such as heat treatments, the installation of 24/7 monitoring devices, bed bug elimination, rodent and bird control, as well as specialty MPI jobs.

If you have the following qualifications, please send us your application:
• New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations (Level 3) (Urban Pest Control) or Australian Unit Standards CPPUPM3005, CPPUPM3006, CPPUPM301
• Familiarity with workflow programs such as Formitize, Xero, Cin7 or similar will be necessary
• Understanding of technology such as 24/7 monitoring NB-IoT, or Cat-M1 is an advantage

If the following also sounds like you, we will be keen to meet you:
• Naturally paying attention to detail, organized, clean and tidy
• Capable of multiple tasking, meeting time lines and prioritizing jobs
• Curious to learn about new products, methods and services
• Good oral and written communication skills, as well as phone manner
• 3 + years’ experience in working as a technician in the field
• 3 + years’ sales experience within the pest control industry 
• Hands on with day-to-day tasks and able to supervise the team in absence of management
• Interested in nationwide sales, special projects and services
• Comfortable to work unsupervised in a small team, reliable and trustworthy
• Keen to get every job done well and happy to go the extra mile
• Police certificate and clean record necessary

In return we are offering a pay package that includes the use of a company van and a mobile phone. Starting wage $30.00 per hour. The position we offer is full time with a minimum of 40 hours per week.

Applicants for this position require NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa and a full driver’s licence.

Please email your application to or send it via mail to 50 State Highway 5, Rotorua 3073 including the following information: 

Handwritten cover letter, CV with photo, minimum of 3 x job related references, start date ASAP. 
Applications close: 31 May 2024






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