Predator Free Backyard Communities Programme

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We select outstanding predator free communities from around the country and give them funding to purchase trapping equipment. We also offer these groups ongoing support, information and advice. Our goal is to have a trap in every 5th backyard in towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods in Aotearoa New Zealand who want to make their community predator free.


About our programme

Our programme has been running since 2017 and has successfully supported over 75 backyard communities around the country. Find out who they are and where they are located on our map.


Who do we fund?

A group paint traps
Trap building. Image credit: Predator Free Lyall Bay.

To be eligible to apply for funding a community should be a suburb or town, or a community of rural houses clustered together. The programme specifically targets rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels and possums. It doesn’t cover reserves, lifestyle blocks, farms, councils or government land. But does include schools, marae and other community spaces eg community and scout halls, bowling clubs and RSA’s.

Funding covers the purchase of humane traps, pre-made tunnels and materials to make your own tunnels. Humane traps are those that have been tested and meet the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) standard.


What support do selected communities receive?

Predator Free Backyard Communities receive:

  • Funding to enable the purchasing of equipment (traps and monitoring) and support material.
  • Support to access best practice (people and information), capturing data/information etc, networks and connections with other predator control communities and leaders.
  • Promotion through local and national media (where possible).

Next funding round

We have just closed our latest funding round and will be announcing the winners on the 11th April 2022.  Email us if you would like to be notified of funding rounds in the future.