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Prohibited equipment for consumers

Many electrical, electronic and radio products cause interference. In cases where this problem is severe or widespread Prohibition Notices are issued as a means of controlling the supply and use of these devices.

Prohibition Notices that you should be aware of when considering the purchase of electrical, electronic and/or radio products are explained below.

Animal Tracking and Training Devices (January 2014)

Some animal tracking and training devices are illegal in New Zealand because they operate on the same radio frequencies as equipment commonly used by people travelling and working in rural areas. This spectrum is licensed to those operators and to prevent interference must not be used by other devices.

Specified animal tracking and training devices including parts are prohibited from installation, use, sale, distribution or manufacture. They may not be imported into New Zealand, other than by the holder of a licence issued by Radio Spectrum Management (RSM). Any other importation may be intercepted and destroyed by the New Zealand Customs Service. Recent convictions highlight the need for careful consideration of what equipment you purchase.


Radio Jammers (June 2011)

Jamming equipment is designed to block or harmfully interfere with radio reception. There have been instances of this equipment being used to block cellphone signals in churches, schools, theatres and other venues. Jammers can prevent important safety services such as 111 calls and the operation of GPS systems relied upon by emergency services. Operation of a radio jammer is viewed seriously by RSM and can result in the user being prosecuted.


Decorative Lighting (November 2006)

Some forms of Christmas lighting or decorative lighting have been identified as posing a risk to radiocommunications because of the ability to cause interference. If the product does not display a C- tick or RCM then it will likely fall under this notice. In addition some of these devices present significant defects and are not electrically sound.


Radio Microphones (February 2002)

Radio Microphones operate over a number of frequency bands and have been shown to interfere with licensed services such as cellphone transmissions. It is not permitted to operate radio microphones in the following frequency ranges - 806 MHz to 812 MHz, 814 MHz to 819 MHz, 824 MHz to 864 MHz, 868.1 MHz to 921 MHz, and 929 MHz to 960 MHz. Read more on radio microphones.


If you are concerned that you may be using electrical or radio equipment that may be prohibited in New Zealand, contact us for more information.

Last updated 11 August 2015