PHOTO: L-R: Tina Winder, Community Trapper, Andy Mentor, Coordinator, Kiwi Coast Trust, and Mike Knight, Biosecurity Officer (now retired), Northland Regional Council. Image supplied by Northland Regional Council.

Eradicating predators from three main peninsulas

Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui – is an ambitious community-driven landscape-scale Predator Free 2050 project that enables local iwi, hapū, landowners, community groups, organisations, and agencies to work collaboratively towards a Predator Free Taitokerau, by protecting and restoring tens of thousands of hectares of forest and coastal habitats in Pēwhairangi (Bay of Islands).

The project builds on the success of substantial previous work that has been undertaken by:

• hapū
• residents
• landowners
• local pest-control contractors
• community groups
• Northland Regional Council
• Department of Conservation
• Predator Free 2050 Limited
• Nga Whenua Rahui
• Save the Kiwi
• Kiwi Coast
• and a number of others in Pēwhairangi.

These existing relationships have been critical to developing a collaborative approach and ensuring long term sustainability of the project.

Hapū and community groups from each peninsula area are in the process of developing eradication strategies specific to each peninsula, focusing on eradicating predators over the next 10 years, in a staged and managed approach.

Launched July 19, 2021
PF2050Ltd investment $4 million
Total project investment $15 million (including in-kind community contributions
Funding commitment 5 years
Project lead Northland Regional Council
Māori partners Multiple groups
Collaborators Northland Regional Council,in partnership with iwi/hapu, Department of Conservation, Nga Whenua Rahui, Kiwi Coast Trust, community, landcare groups and others.
Ambition Completely remove predators from peninsulas within the Bay of Islands.
Design Work with iwi and hapū, landowners, community groups and agencies to engage with the community, developing a collaborative project plan, and feasibility investigation to guide where eradication objectives can be achieved, followed by the development of technical eradication plans and then implementation.