PHOTO: Peter Rees

Te Korowai o Waiheke – Towards Predator Free Waiheke will roll out an island-wide stoat eradication campaign and an initial pilot rat eradication programme over 2,300 ha. It aims to extend this and have removed rats and stoats from the 9,300 ha island by 2025.

The project builds on predator control across around a third of island, through the efforts
of Auckland Council, community groups and landowners. This has enabled kaka to nest on the island in recent years and kakariki are starting to visit following release on neighbouring Motuihe. Birds like tui, kereru, grey- faced petrel and little blue penguin are also benefitting from the effort.

However, rats and stoats are capable of swimming long distances and castaways from Waiheke pose threats to neighbouring predator-free islands. With 8,200 residents, 3460 landowners and over 1,000,000 visitors the project is of international significance.

The Te Korowai o Waiheke project will involve careful co-ordination and community engagement, utilising a mix of methods – traps and enclosed baits stations – across townships, lifestyle blocks, vineyards, farms and reserves – tailored to different landscape types, situations and land owners.

It is one of the first projects to benefit from Auckland Council’s targeted environment rate.

Launched September 16, 2018
PF2050Ltd investment $2.6 m
Total project investment $10.9 m
Funding commitment 7 years
Project lead Te Korowai o Waiheke Trust
Māori partners Ngāti Paoa
Collaborators Auckland Council, Foundation North, Department of Conservation, Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust, Hauraki Gulf Islands Forest and Bird, QEII National Trust covenant landowners, Waiheke Rat Busters, Waiheke Resources Trust, Natural Logic Environmental Management.
Ambition 9,324 ha
Design An island-wide stoat eradication campaign and initial pilot rat eradication programme over 2,300 ha.