In 2017 the Predator Free NZ Trust together with Kiwibank launched Predator Free Schools.
While schools have access to a lot of curriculum-based materials, they often lack the funding to purchase the equipment that gives children a hands-on experience.
This program helps schools buy materials so they can trap in their own school-yards.
The Kiwibank Predator Free Schools programme will give selected schools a budget of $1,000 for traps and trapping equipment to give students a hand-on learning experience about the harm mammalian predators are causing our native species and the benefits of predator trapping.
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.
The Trust is partnering with Trees that Count for our Kiwibank Predator Free Schools programme. Trees that Count will provide up to 100 native tress to each successful school, so they can further their conservation goals and provide new habitat for native birds.
Thank you to all the wonderful schools who recently applied to become a Kiwibank Predator Free School. We have been impressed with the high number of wonderful applications and it is encouraging to see the level of interest schools have in protecting and supporting native species in and around their school grounds.
We are delighted to advise that we have selected the following 21 schools to join our Kiwibank Predator Free School programme.
Bay of Islands International Academy
Diamond Harbour School
Paraparaumu Beach School
Patea Area School
St Andrew’s Primary School
St Gerards Primary School
St Joseph’s School (Waitara)
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae
Te Mahia School
Wainiu Beach School
Wainuiomata High School
Wanaka Primary School
Applying for funding
The last funding round closed on 22nd October 2018.
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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.
Terms and conditions of funding
Acceptance of these terms and conditions: The Kiwibank Predator Free Schools programme (the “programme”) is run by the Predator Free NZ Trust (PFNZ). If you are contacted by PFNZ to notify you that you are successful, but do not agree to these terms and conditions, you will not be able to receive the funding.
- You must be a registered New Zealand school.
- Only one entry per school is permitted. If more than one person per school submits the form, only one entry will be reviewed.
The funding application is open from 09:00 NZST 17 September 2018 to 17.00 NZST 22 October 2018 (the “Application Period).
Successful applicants announcement: PFNZ will seek the successful school’s permission to use the schools name on www.predatorfreenz.org and www.kiwibank.co.nz, within email marketing and across PFNZ and Kiwibank’s social media accounts. PFNZ will also remain in touch with the successful schools to share their story of how the funding was spent.
After consultation with the schools PFNZ will purchase all equipment on behalf of the school and ensure that they have access to the necessary information on how to use the equipment correctly.
Liability: To the fullest extent permitted by law, PFNZ shall not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury whatsoever suffered by any entrant or successful applicant (including but not limited to any direct, indirect, consequential, special, punitive or incidental loss or damages). PFNZ’s liability to any entrant or successful school will be limited in any circumstances to a maximum for all claims up to the value of the funding.