We are pleased to announce the addition of 11 communities to our Kiwibank Predator Free Community programme. The most recent round of funding was the most competitive yet, with 69 applications. The majority of applications were from well organised, highly motivated communities wanting to make a difference in their backyards.
The quality of applications in this round shows the growing number of communities wanting to get involved in the predator free New Zealand vision and how keen people are to do their bit by trapping in their backyard. Achieving a predator free New Zealand is a huge challenge and it will only be made possible by everyone working together and doing their bit. We’ve all got a role to play.
We also granted additional funding to five existing Kiwibank Predator Free communities who have been successful in creating a strong community trapping movement in their areas. Many communities involved in the programme are noticing the increase of native species in their neighbourhoods, as well as noticing other benefits such as people connecting with others at trap building workshops, bbqs or just asking their neighbour to check their trap while they are away. Schools, early childhood centres, churches and marae are all getting involved in supporting the community led programme.
There are now 45 communities who are part of the Kiwibank Predator Free programme including the eleven new communities:
- Predator Free Tirohanga and Harbourview
- Tararu Backyard Trappers
- Lake Okareka Community Association
- Nga Manu Waiata: Wainui-Okitu-Makorori
- Predator Free Tawa
- Predator Free Mt Vic
- Backyard Trapping Central Otago
- Eastern Bay Songbird Project
- Pest Free Greenhithe
- Ngā Kaitiaki ō Awapuni
- Pest Free Opawaho.
For more information on these communities, click here.
The communities who have been granted additional funding are:
- Guardians of the Otago Peninsula
- Predator Free Sumner
- Predator Free Mt Cook Newtown
- Russell Landcare Trust
- Predator Free Bushglen Reserve