There are lots of organisations and people who are willing to offer expert advice and support to local predator control groups. If you are looking for a contact in one of these organisations, get in touch, as we may know who you can talk to.
- DOC/Regional councils
- Forest & Bird
- NZ Landcare Trust
- Sanctuaries of NZ
- Kiwis for kiwi
- Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
Department of Conservation/Regional Councils
The Department of Conservation and regional councils are responsible for managing pests that are already established in New Zealand. Border control is the responsibility of the Ministry for Primary Industries.
The Department of Conservation
It manages all Crown Land which is approximately 30% of New Zealand’s land area or about eight million hectares of native forests, tussock lands, alpine areas, wetlands, dunelands, estuaries, lakes and islands, national forests, maritime parks, marine reserves,nearly 4,000 reserves, river margins, some coastline, and many offshore islands. All of the land under its control is protected for either conservation, ecological, scenic, scientific, historic or cultural reasons, and for recreation.
They have territorial authority in regions across NZ (excluding the Chatham Islands) and are often responsible for managing natural resources, land use planning, and environmental matters.
Forest & Bird
Forest & Bird is New Zealand’s largest independent conservation organisation that works to preserve NZ’s natural heritage and native species.
Their network of volunteers around New Zealand is the driving force behind many of their local and regional campaigns, hands-on conservation
projects and field studies.
NZ Landcare Trust
NZ Landcare Trust supports field-based landcare projects, from the top of Northland all the way down to Southland. They find the best way to assist communities with these projects is to actively get involved at a local level.
They have Regional and Project Coordinators to help establish strong relationships with the communities they work with and they offer trustworthly advice and practical help.
Sanctuaries of NZ
Sanctuaries of New Zealand is an informal network of biodiversity sanctuaries that share common goals and approaches in their efforts to restore New Zealand’s special biodiversity. They are a group of projects that aim to:
- Eradicate the full suite of pests (or achieve near-zero pest densities) from their chosen areas
- Reintroduce missing species including many rare and endangered species
- Involve local communities in restoration.
Kiwis for Kiwi
Kiwis for kiwi’s role is to provide funding and support for the many conservation organisations and community groups dedicated to increasing kiwi numbers, protecting precious kiwi populations from predators, and restoring the health of their natural environment.
NZ Geographical Information Systems in Conservation
NZ GIS In Conservation (GiC) is a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation set up in 2012 to foster and support the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) by volunteer conservation groups throughout New Zealand.
GiC’s target audience is conservation groups throughout New Zealand who have or plan to set up volunteer conservation programmes and projects. Many of these groups will be registered with Charities Services because, like GiC, they depend primarily on donations from grants agencies.
Please check out Tools and resources section for more handy information to help with your predator control efforts.