Unlocking low-cost predator eradication on farmed landscapes

The first phase of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council-led project will focus on removing possums from 14,500 hectares of land on Mahia Peninsula.

This will be achieved within four years, using wireless monitoring of a network of leg hold traps. Simultaneous control of feral cats and mustelids will be undertaken.

The project aims reduce the costs of farmland predator control by at least 50 percent, enabling redeployment of resources and ultimately a shift in focus from suppression to eradication across rural landscapes.

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.

A large-scale Para-Aminopropiophenone (PAPP) trial will test the cost effectiveness of this toxin across farmland for stoat and wild cat control.

The project is linked with the council’s Regional Pest Management Plan, builds on strong Iwi, hapū and community partnerships, and anticipates future council commitment.

Launched July 2, 2018
PF2050Ltd investment $1.62m
Total project investment $4.86m
Funding commitment Four years
Project lead Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
Māori partners Ngāti Kahungungu iwi, Rongomaiwahine iwi, Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust, Ngāti Pāhuwhera Development Trust, Te Kōpere o te iwi o Hineuru Trust, Ngāti Hineuru, Ngāti Pārau Hapū Trust, Waiohiki and Wharerangi Marae.
Collaborators Department of Conservation, Manaaki Whenua/ Landcare Research, Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Aotearoa Foundation, Regional Biodiversity Trust, Whangawehi Catchment Management Group.
Ambition Ultimately 700,000 ha
Design Possum free Mahia peninsula, along with control of cats and mustelids. Low cost farmland possum suppression from Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne ecological restoration projects.