Pēwhairangi Whānui is a project that aims to eradicate predators from the three main peninsulas in the Bay of Islands, and significantly reduce the impact of possums, mustelids and rats throughout the wider landscape.
Large landcape projects
Predator Free Whangārei aims to protect, restore and enhance thousands of hectares of Northland’s native forests, coastal habitats and wetlands, allowing for greater protection and enhancement of threatened species of native fauna and flora.
A team led by Auckland Council will eradicate possums, rats, mustelids and wallabies from Kawau, one of the last remaining islands in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park with predators. Predator Free Kawau aims to eradicate predators from the entire island.
The Kaipara Moana is the largest estuarine water body in New Zealand and a migratory bird habitat of international significance. Te Uri o Hau Settlement Trust will implement a collaborative, multi-stakeholder partnership to achieve a healthy and productive Kaipara Harbour. The Pest Free Kaipara project will work alongside the Kaipara remediation project – an initiative involving iwi, hapū, central and local government, landowners and the wider community to restore the entire catchment.
Waiheke Island is on track to become the world’s first predator-free urban island through the formation of Te Korowai o Waiheke project.
Tū Mai Taonga project is building an island-based conservation workforce that will trial new methodologies and tools to remove feral cats and rats at landscape scale on Aotea.
Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s Korehāhā Whakahau project aims to remove possums from a 4,700ha area around Whākatane while creating jobs and building iwi capacity. The project will apply methodologies in an area bordered by the Whakatāne River, Ōhope beach, and the Ōhiwa harbour, including private, public and Ngāti Awa owned land.
Taranaki Taku Tūranga -Towards Predator-Free Taranaki was launched in May, 2018 and is a large-scale project aimed at restoring Taranaki’s unique wildlife and plants, while also protecting the region’s lifestyles and livelihoods by removing introduced predators. The project has three main parts – the Zero Possum eradication project in Kaitake, a region-wide rural programme targeting mustelids and an urban initiative targeting rats and possums.
Predator Free Hawke’s Bay launched in July, 2018 and in the first phase aimed to remove possums from the Māhia Peninsula. The project builds on the success of the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne and Cape to City ecological restoration projects. It includes a focus on new techniques for rat control in fragmented bush areas, to secure biodiversity and conservation benefits.
Predator Free Wellington is aiming to be the world’s first predator free capital city. A phased urban approach has taken place on the Miramar peninsula, and the project is now moving into neighbouring suburbs. The future plan is to continue into the CBD, east, and north to the boundary with Porirua, over ten years.
The Capital Kiwi Project is a partnership between the local community, iwi and landowners committed to restoring a wild kiwi population in Wellington.
Onetahua Restoration is leading a project to build on previously existing significant conservation projects at the base of the Spit to enhance and protect significant habitat areas for burrowing seabirds and wetland species.
Mount Te Kinga at Lake Brunner/ Kotuku Whakaoho is the setting for the latest predator free project to receive backing from Predator Free 2050 Limited and the Provincial Growth Fund.
The Pest Free Banks Peninsula project brings together 14 organisations bound together by a vision to make the 110,000ha peninsula predator free.
The $45m Read Predator Free South Westland project aims to eliminate possums, rats and stoats from a 100,000 hectare area bounded by the Whataroa and Waiau (Waiho) Rivers, the Southern Alps and Tasman Sea over five years.
The Predator Free Dunedin project was launched in October 2018. The project is a combined effort of 20 conservation-related agencies and groups, building on more than ten years of community restoration efforts and TB predator control investments by OSPRI.
The Chatham Islands are unique, fertile islands surrounded by productive seas, with wildlife found nowhere else in the world. The Chathams has more endemic species than any other biogeographic area in New Zealand. 25% of New Zealand’s threatened species live on the Chathams. Predator Free 2050 Limited has been supporting the Predator Free Chatham Islands project since March 2020.