KiwiBank Predator Free Community Funding

Kiwibank and the Predator Free NZ Trust (PFNZ), have announce a joint program to support communities working on backyard pest control.

The goal is to get a trap in every 5th backyard in towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods in New Zealand!

The next round of funding for the Kiwibank Predator Free Community programme is now open.

Click here to find out more about the program or to apply for funding

Cape to City Conference - Presentations available now

The Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne Conference was held 14-16 November in Napier. It included 3 days of excellent presentations, research and discussions about all things pest control and monitoring.

The presentation have now been uploaded on to the Cape to City Website so if you didn’t make it to the conference or you just want to refresh your memory check them out now.

The Predator Free Trust need your help to transform conservation funding

The Predator Free Trust are an independant trust who are working towards making New Zealand predator free.

They are undertaking a piece of work to understand the current community conservation funding environment in New Zealand. If you are a private landowner or community group who has applied for funding we would really appreciate your help by answering this online survey.

It closes on the 26th November 2017.

Please note: It will ask for some basic information about your funding, all details will remain confidential.

From this data PFNZ Trust intend to produce a report on the current state of community conservation funding and what improvements could be made for those involved.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions — Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

More Mohua for Eglinton Valley

With mohua breeding well on predator free Anchor Island in Dusky Sound, another 100 birds have been translocated from here to Eglinton Valley early in October. This is the fourth transfer in 7 years, in a joint effort by DOC, the Mohua Charitable Trust and with support from Ngai Tahu. In early 2000’s the mohua population in Eglinton was reduced to 18 due to predator pressure from stoats and rats, while this past autumn 171 were found in the valley. Due to an intensive pest management strategy the area has now become a stronghold for a variety of endangered native species including mohua, long and short-tailed bats, kaka and kakariki. A success story for one of DOC’s Battle for our Birds projects.

Help NIWA fill in the gaps

NIWA need you help.

They are carrying out an investigation into the riparian planting to find out to provide better guidance to the people and groups undertaking stream restoration. They would like to answer such questions as:

  • Is it better to plant a long thin buffer or a short wide buffer?
  • Do wider streams need wider buffers?
  • Do you get better results from planting around the headwaters or further downstream, and does it matter where you plant first?
  • How long will it take to see improvements in water quality, stream life and native terrestrial plants and animals?

For this we need to know about as many projects as possible – where they are located and a few other details about them. You can help by recording a riparian restoration project in our 5-minute survey. The information you enter will go into our National Riparian Restoration Database. We will explore what makes riparian restoration most effective in the next step.

Enter the survey here