In late 2017, Kiwibank launched their inaugural predator free schools programme and selected 10 schools to take part.
Schools have access to a lot of curriculum based materials but often lack the funding to be able to purchase equipment to give students a hands on experience.
The Predator Free NZ Trust together with Kiwibank have launched Predator Free Schools to enable schools to trap in their own school yard.
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.
How to apply for funding
All schools can apply – primary, secondary, large or small, urban or rural, however, applications are currently closed.
Keep on eye on this page to see when future funding rounds will be opened. If you would like to be notified when the next funding round will open, email us.
We have searched for a rich assortment of learning resources and gathered them together in one conservation kete for those interested in teaching predator control in the classroom.
Please email us and let us know of any other useful predator control resources and we will add them to our list.
What can the money be used for?
Traps, tunnels, chew cards and other resources related to trapping. Schools might like to use some of the funds for trap libraries so families can borrow a trap and take it home to use in their backyard.
What traps will be used?
We will discuss individual needs with each school. All the traps that we purchase are humane and in tunnels so they are secure from children or pets.
Other than trapping what can schools do?
We encourage schools to do some monitoring before they start trapping to work out what predators they have on their grounds. Schools can also do bird counts, or lizard monitoring to establish what species exist on their grounds.
When can equipment be purchased?
This funding is intended for schools to use in 2018. We recognise the need for advance planning so want schools to be able to be certain of funding early enough to incorporate into their teaching for next year.
Can we make our own traps?
Schools are able to make the trap tunnels themselves and we will assist with sourcing the 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.
What is required of the schools?
Once schools have worked with us to set up a predator control programme, we’d like one of our team to write a story about their trapping experience within your school. We’d also like schools to share their trap catch data.
Terms and conditions
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 16 October 2017 to 17.00 NZST 5 November 2017 (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.