We are excited to announce our next Kiwibank Predator Free communities. Again we had an overwhelming response to our call for applications and were thrilled with the number of communities with plans to become predator free.
The communities we’ve selected had clear, achievable plans and a good understanding of what will be involved to get their community trapping. Below are our 13 winners.
Acacia Bay — Taupo
Acacia Bay is a community on a small inlet on the western shores of Tapuaeharuru Bay, Lake Taupo. They have a strong belief for native birds to thrive and survive within backyards a reduction in predators is fundamental. Their plan is to encourage their residents to participate in this backyard trapping program, build a strong community spirit and have some fun doing it.
Kuaotuna Village — Coromandel
Kuaotuna Village is 30km north of Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. It’s the home of Project Kiwi who have been saving the North Island Brown Kiwi for 20 years. It’s a small village with a big conservation heart whose residents are determined to implement their plan to eradicate pests from their neighbourhood.
Little Bay — Coromandel
Little Bay consists of 100 private landowners whose vision it is to bring the bridsong back to Little Bay. Their aim is to reconnect the land, the people and their wellbeing through a predator free future.
Mt Cook & Newtown — Wellington
Mt Cook and Newtown are vibrant suburbs in the heart of Wellington. Their vision is to support local native wildlife and bring the community together through backyard predator trapping. They are locally focused but also keen to be part of a bigger picture with the wider predator free projects in Wellington and all of New Zealand. Find out more here.
Omaha Beach is a small town one hour north of Auckland. Omaha is a sandspit which geographically makes it easy to isolate and target predators. They already have a pest eradication programme in place for the wider area along with an engaged and active community rearing to get involved with backyard trapping
Predator Free Newlands, Paparangi and Woodridge — Wellington
Predator Free Newlands, Paparangi and Woodridge are three very closely connected suburbs to the north of Wellington City. They believe their plan to eliminate predators will see more native brids, skinks, lizards and other small natives back in their community. They want to improve the environment by involving the community.
Palm Beach — Waiheke Island
Palm Beach community aims to get every resident and property owner in Palm Beach to lay traps this summer. Their primary aim is to increase the birdlife in the bay. Their other aim is to bring the community together with a common goal. This community is a mix of local residents and holiday home owners. They believe that everyone will be happy to be involved with this is initiative.
Ponsonby — Auckland
This community have selected to remove predators from a group of streets in urban Ponsonby where the houses border on a reserve and creek. They are hoping to bring the community together with this shared cause. They see it as a win / win for predator control and the community.
Port Chalmers — Dunedin
Port Chalmers is a suburb and the main port of Dunedin. They are in the halo area of Orokonui Ecosanctuary and their aim is to remove predators and provide safe habitat for the species overflowing from Orokonui. There are three urban settlements (Port Chalmers, Sawyers Bay and Waitati) that will trap in their backyards.
Rarangi Dawn Chorus — Marlborough
Rarangi is a small coastal community of around 200 properties in Marlborough. Their plan is to have a trap placed on every third property, bringing the community together working collectively to reduce predator numbers and enhance native species survival. The want to eradicate pests and bring back the loud native Dawn Chorus.
Russell — Bay of Islands
Russell is situated in the far north of the North Island. This community want to make the village predator free to protect the kiwi, weka and little blue penguin that currently live there. The village community want to create a predator free buffer zone to Project Island Song complimenting the efforts of the landowners who are currently undertaking predator control on large blocks within the area.
Sumner Beach — Christchurch
Sumner Beach is a small beachside village on the eastern edge of Christchurch nestled amongst the Port Hills. This neighbourhood was particularly hard hit by the earthquakes in 2011. They see a backyard predator program as a fantastic catalyst to foster connections between neighbours both new and old across all age groups to build a stronger community while helping to enrich the local biodiversity.
Waikanae Beach — Kapiti Coast
Waikanae Beach is a seaside settlement on the Kapiti Coast, North of Wellington. They have a mixture of permanent residents and holiday baches. This settlement is community focused with a profound sense of pride. They currently have tui, and fantails and the occasional kereru, morepork and bell birds. Eliminating predators would make these birds become more common and maybe over time they will get to hear the Dawn Chorus again.