Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui Team

Eradicating predators from three main peninsulas in the Bay of Islands

Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui spans across three peninsulas in the Bay of Islands and supports four diverse projects that are working towards making their respective areas predator free. These three peninsulas are Purerua-Mataroa, Russell/Kororāreka, and Cape Brett/Rakaumangamanga.

Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui is a collaborative project that works with community groups, hapū, and various agencies, including Ngāti Rēhia, Ngāti Torēhina, Ngāti Kuta, Patukeha, Russell Landcare Trust, Kiwi Coast, Manaaki Whenua, Department of Conservation and Northland Regional Council.

The four projects are not only helping the native species in their backyard thrive but are collectively protecting a very special area for Aotearoa, with so many significant places located in Pēwhairangi and Ipipiri (Bay of Islands) areas. This includes the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s first capital city, the sacred tribal Rakaumangamanga maunga, the place where the waka Mataatua rests, the peninsula with the country’s densest kiwi population, and so many pest free off shore islands in the bay.

The project area and leads are:

• Purerua-Mataroa Peninsula – c7,600ha
o Pest Free Purerua Mataroa project led by Kiwi Coast, with support from Ngāti Torehina
o Te Ahutai project led by Ngāti Rēhia

• Russell/Kororāreka Peninsula – c3,000ha
o Predator Free Russell project led by Russell Landcare Trust

• Rākaumangamanga – c3,000ha
o Predator Free Rakaumangamanga project led by Te Rawhiti 3B2 Ahu Whenua Trust

Q and A with the project, March 2024

What is your project most proud of?

Four projects now underway with partnership between mana whenua, te Kaunihera and hapori.

We are also very proud of the ownership and direction from project teams and engaged people in Predator Free Rakaumangamanga, Predator Free Russell, Pest Free Purerua-Mataroa, Ngāti Torehina and Te Ahutai (a Ngāti Rēhia project on whenua Māori).

What stage is your project at?

With all four projects’ contracts signed off and operational plans finalised with NRC, each are working at different stages:

Predator Free Russell, led by Russell Landcare Trust

  • Low Possum & rats
  • Detect and response/mop-up: 433ha
  • Knockdown: 375ha
  • Pre-Ops set-up: 220ha

Pest Free Purerua-Mataroa, led by Kiwi Coast

  • Low possum and rats
  • Detect and response/mop-up: 1,990ha
  • Knockdown: 3,544ha

Te Ahutai, led by Ngāti Rēhia on whenua Māori on Purerua peninsula

  • Monitoring: 500ha
  • Pre-Ops set-up: 948ha

Predator Free Rakaumangamanga, led by Te Rawhiti 3B2 Ahu Whenua Trust

  • Pre-Ops set-up: 553ha

What’s next?  

Each of the projects are progressing onto their next steps:

  • Predator Free Russell: expansion at Russell to Tapeka.
  • Pest Free Purerua Mataroa: further intensification of devices on Purerua-Mataroa.
  • Te Ahutai: analysing monitoring data and deployment of devices.
  • Predator Free Rakaumangamanga: deployment of devices across Rakaumangamanga.

What tools have been most useful for your project?

Each project has a very different social and physical landscape. Each are also at very different stages of their project.

As a Pēwhairangi Whānui collective, communications tools (such as videos or kanohi ki te kanohi hui) have been most useful for sharing ideas and learning from each other, to make the Bay of Islands projects stronger.

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 Ngāti Rēhia, Ngāti Torēhina, Ngāti Kuta, Patukeha, Russell Landcare Trust, Kiwi Coast, Manaaki Whenua, Department of Conservation and Northland Regional Council.
Ambition Completely remove predators from peninsulas within the Bay of Islands.
Design Work with 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.