Products and equipment you can't use in NZ
It’s illegal to buy or use some products in NZ.
Why products are prohibited
If a product causes interference to other products or services — for example, if it interferes with radio signals — it will be listed as prohibited equipment.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment release Prohibition Gazette Notices, which give details of prohibited equipment. These notices stop certain products from being:
- bought or sold
- distributed, or
Currently prohibited products
It’s important to know what products you can and can’t use in New Zealand before you try to buy, import, or use them here.
There are a number of prohibition notices in place at the moment. They cover products like:
- animal tracking and training devices
- radio jammer equipment
- decorative lighting
- radio microphones
- unrestricted two-way radios
- vehicular short-range radar operating in the 22.000 – 26.625 GHz frequency range.
If you're thinking of buying any products like these — like Garmin dog tracking collars, for example — read the details of the prohibition notices before you do. You could be fined or convicted if you're found to be using a prohibited product.
For the full details of products that are prohibited in New Zealand, see the pages:
More Prohibition Notices will be released if other products are found to pose a risk to the radio spectrum.