Introducing the Kiwibank Predator Free Communities:
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 birdsong back to Little Bay. Their aim is to reconnect the land, the people and their wellbeing through a predator free future.
Mapua Dawn Chorus
This community is part of the Tasman Environment Trust. Their goal is to improve the survival of the birds and insects that are preyed on by predators in their environment. Ideally, they’re hoping to have a trap in every fourth backyard and that before too long Mapua residents will see an improvement in increased birdsong and an increased presence of birds in their gardens.
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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.
Ohiwa Headland Sanctuary Trust
Ohiwa is a small town east of Whakatane. The community is close to a sand spit which is an important nesting area for shorebirds. The Ohiwa community have been trapping near the beach but were keen to extend the traps into their backyards to reduce the likelihood of re-invasion.
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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
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 initiative.
Pest Free Kaipatiki
This group is focused on restoring birdlife, biodiversity and healthy natural ecosystems. As part of this initiative Kaipatiki have included a predator control program to eradicate rats and possums from urban backyards.
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This group is a part of The Riverlea Environment Society Inc that works with the wider community to protect the Riverlea area from pest and predators. With the introduction of a backyard trapping programme they will be the testing ground and model for other parts of the city to become predator free.
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Picton Dawn Chorus
The Picton Dawn Chorus initially were focused on removing predators from the bush surrounding Picton. But as more people wanted to know how they could help their trapping efforts extended into backyards in town.
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.
Predator Free Karaka Bay
Predator Free Karaka Bay is a public beach on the eastern suburbs of Auckland. The bay is unique in that it has one access point, nestles under steep cliffs and is bordered by the sea. It’s where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Karaka Bay residents are driven to become predator free and restore its native fauna and flora to how it should be.
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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 birds, lizards and other small natives back in their community. They want to improve the environment by involving the community.
Predator Free Patumahoe
Part of Whakaupoko Landcare Group and its focus has been on making the place better for native flora and fauna with a combination of pest, revegetation and weed control. A co-ordinated approach has seen many numbers of bait stations and stoat traps being laid. They have now embarked on a backyard trapping program for the residents of Patumahoe village and the buffer zone around it.
Visit the Whakaupoko Landcare Group website.
Predator Free Whakatane
Predator Free Whakatane is a community led initiative with the aim of creating an environment where Tieke (saddleback) live and thrive in the heart of Whakatane. Their mission is to connect communities to create an unfenced sanctuary. By providing a safe haven in urban backyards the community will enable native wildlife to spread right across the Whakatane area.
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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. They 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 complementing 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 bellbirds. Eliminating predators would make these birds become more common and maybe over time they will get to hear the Dawn Chorus again.