This programme has a focus on teaching kids about what makes NZ’s native species special and how introduced predators impact their survival. It also encourages them to take collective action for the care of the environment.
As part of the programme schools are allocated a specific amount of money for weta houses, bird feeders, chew cards to identify what predators are in the school grounds and any traps they may require.
So far 31 schools have been selected to take part.
What kind of support does a Kiwibank school receive?
If you are selected as one of the Kiwibank’s Predator Free Schools, you will receive:
- Funding to enable the purchasing of subsidised equipment (traps and monitoring) and support material.
- Support to access best practice (people and information), online support for capturing data/information etc, networks and connections with other predator control communities & leaders
- The Trust is partnering with Trees that Count who will provide up to 100 native trees to each successful school, so they can further their conservation goals and provide new habitat for native birds and insects.
Students will be able to detect what predators are in their school environment and where they occur; monitor the variety of the native species that live in their community and what can be done to help them; and place a network of traps around their school grounds to remove predators.
The schools selected will create a plan on how to detect predators and how to make their school predator free.
Who are our Kiwibank schools?
We are currently supporting 31 schools around New Zealand. Find out more about them here.
How do I become a Kiwibank Predator Free School?
The last funding round closed on 22nd October 2018. Sign up to our newsletter to be notified when the next round opens.
See our FAQs below for more information.
In the meantime, check out the loads of resources we have to help schools get started on their predator free projects.
What can the money be used for?
Kiwibank funds will be managed by Predator Free NZ Trust and can be used to fund traps, tunnels, chew cards and other resources related to monitoring and trapping in your school grounds up to the value of $1,000. For the purposes of this programme, we have limited our predator species to rats, possum, stoats, ferrets and weasels.
What traps will be used?
We will discuss individual needs with each school. All traps that we supply have been humanely tested to meet the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) guidelines and are provided in tunnels so they are secure from children or pets.
Other than trapping what can schools do?
We encourage schools to complete monitoring before they begin trapping to identify the predators and native species present on their school grounds.
Students can also build/place bird feeders and weta motels on the school grounds to encourage native species.
When can equipment be purchased?
This funding will be available for all successful schools from Term 1, 2019.
Can we make our own traps?
Schools are able to make the wooden tunnels that the traps sit within. We will provide a tunnel template and fund the building materials.
Are there any resources available to support the roll out of a predator control programme in schools?
We have a range of resources available for you to use in our school kete.
What is required of the schools?
Once a school has worked with us to establish a predator control programme to protect our native species, we’d like one of our team to write a story about the experience.
We anticipate this programme is something the school embraces as part of its ongoing environmental programme.