Unlocking low-cost predator eradication on farmed landscapes
The project builds on the success of the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne and Cape to City ecological restoration projects. The project is linked with the council’s Regional Pest Management Plan and builds on strong Iwi, hapū and community partnerships. The first phase of the project is focused on removing possums from 14,600 hectares of land on Māhia Peninsula and this work continues with great outcomes so far.
The project is linked with the council’s Regional Pest Management Plan, builds on strong Iwi, hapū and community partnerships.
The first phase has focussed on removing possums from 14,500 hectares of land on Mahia Peninsula. With the help of local innovation and community support, it is set to be one of our first projects to successfully reach eradication.
Preparation is already underway for the next stage of the project, to maintain these impressive gains into the future.
Banner photo: Natalie de Burgh
|Launched||July 2, 2018|
|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.|