Trust & Safety Blog

Do not list your Lions Tickets on Trade Me!

The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour is looming.

From 3 June 2017, NZ will host 10 matches of glorious Rugby Union. This is one to look forward to, with the Lions playing NZ Super Rugby franchises for the first time.

Get excited.

Tickets are definitely going to be hot property for such a popular tour.

Just like the 2011 Rugby World Cup, this event is subject to the Major Events Management Act (MEMA).

This means Trade Me members intending to list tickets will be affected by the special rules that apply to the sale of tickets to the matches. To avoid ticket scalping concerns, the MEMA only allows for tickets to be sold at face value (i.e. their original sale price) or less, but not a dollar over.

While there may be genuine reasons for the sale of tickets, given the difficulty of policing sales and in order to comply with the MEMA, we’ve decided not to allow the sale of any tickets to any British and Irish Lions matches, even when offered at face value or less.

Any such tickets listed on Trade Me will be removed. 

This applies to all matches and venues. Thanks for your cooperation – and go NZ!

Roaches have feelings too – what’s the deal with cockroach bait?


I. Hate. Cockroaches.

I mean seriously, who hasn’t had that terrifying nightmare about a big, creepy cockroach crawling over their face in the night.


My nervous sweat is soaking into the keyboard even as I write this sentence.

And it gets worse, because cockroaches are pretty much invincible.

They can live for a month without food, can go without air for 45 minutes, and remain functional even when you cut off their heads!

I’m thinking that Superman’s new name should be cockroach… man.

But, like Superman, cockroaches have a weakness, and as you’d expect, the aptly named cockroach bait is made from some seriously potent stuff. Because of this, our mates at MPI have some strict requirements on importing it into New Zealand.

So how do you get your hands on cockroach kryptonite?

While it can be imported into New Zealand, cockroach bait (or more specifically, Advion cockroach bait) requires an importation permit from MPI, declaring that the correct process for importation has been followed.

Without a permit, bringing cockroach bait into New Zealand is a breach of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Check out MPI’s page on importation for more information.

Why are we so worried about cockroach bait? Nobody likes cockroaches.

Cockroach bait contains a bunch of different chemicals. However, the one MPI is worried about sounds relatively germane: honey. The thing is, the honey hasn’t been treated sufficiently to reduce the risk of introducing exotic pathogens to our native bee population.

While cockroaches are gross, fighting them isn’t worth harming our bees. They do a lot of good for our environment, and truth be told, I don’t think I’d survive without honey on toast for breakfast.

Well I’ve got some Advion cockroach bait, can I sell it on Trade Me?

That’s a firm no from us. While cockroach bait can be imported legitimately, MPI is still investigating the potential harm it may cause to our environment. In other words, the jury is out on cockroach bait and we don’t want it on the site until we know more.

Prepare for the roach uprising!

Yeah, most people don’t want cockroaches around. I think if we’re honest with ourselves though, we’d realise that they don’t really cause that much harm. Maybe we should try living in harmony?

In any case, we reckon we’re blessed to live in a such an untouched, beautiful country and we all need to do our part to keep it that way. You never know, cockroaches might have feelings too.