An ambitious, shared vision.
The Pest Free Banks Peninsula project brings together 14 organisations bound together by a vision to make the 110,000ha peninsula predator free.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by representatives of the groups in November 2018.
Predator Free 2050 Limited has provided $5.11m funding to enable work on an initial 23,000ha Wildside area in the south east of the peninsula and 5,500ha on Kaitōrete spit.
These areas are rich in biodiversity, can be readily defended and scaled up as the project extends in the future.
Initial focus is on the removal of possums and suppression of mustelids, rats and feral cats to low levels, building on many well-established trapping programmes and previous work that has reduced possum and goat numbers on Banks Peninsula.
The project will benefit species like the threatened jewelled gecko and enable continued recovery of populations of hōiho/yellow-eyed penguins, kororā/little blue penguins, tītī/sooty shearwater and reintroduced tūi.
|Launched||August 9, 2020|
|Total project investment||$10.15m|
|Funding commitment||5 years|
|Project lead||Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust|
|Māori partners||Ngāi Tahu rūnanga (Ōnuku Rūnanga, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke (Rāpaki) Rūnanga, Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Wairewa Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Koukourarata)|
|Collaborators||Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust, Department of Conservation, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Summit Road Society, Living Springs and the Cacophony Project|
|Ambition||Ultimately predator free 110,000ha Banks Peninsula.|
|Design||Possum removal from 23,000 ha Wildside area and 5,500 ha Kaitōrete spit with suppression of mustelids, rats and feral cats to low levels.|