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Pest-Free Peninsula

Over 80% of NZ's native birds and reptiles are threatened. The evidence is clear - when predators are removed, wildlife bounces back. Restoring Takarunga Hauraki and our partners are committed to protecting Aotearoa's native bird species and want to see their populations increase. The Predator Free 2050 initiative aims to make the whole of New Zealand predator-free by 2050. We support this initiative by providing traps and reminders to check them.

Why trap rats?

Ship rats and Norway rats predate our native birds and eat their eggs and native species of lizards and insects. They also can come into houses do damage and sometimes spread disease. Our work eradicating rats helps to protect our native birds and wildlife. We learn from best practices, research, and other national efforts. Creating rat-free buffer zones or 'halos' around the estuary, shelly beach, and coastal fringe ecosystems of Ngau Te Ringaringa and Shoal Bays is a key element of Restoring Takarunga Hauraki's work.

You can find out more about trapping in NZ by visiting Trap NZ.

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Pest-Free Bayswater Peninsula

The Pest Free Bayswater Team has the objective of eradicating pests on the Bayswater peninsula. This is a team of volunteers committed to removing pests that invade the delicate and vulnerable shoreline ecology around the peninsula

Ngā Manu o Maungauika

The Ngā Manu ō Maungauika project has the aim of creating an eco-sanctuary on and around Maungauika that will encourage native bird life to flourish. The project is focused on removal of predatory pests from Maungauika and a “halo-zone” around it bounded by the water, Church Street and Vauxhall Road, an area of approximately 68 hectares.  The project is comprised of 13 sub-projects including a Cheltenham Beach Project and its “Moana Line”, a Vauxhall Reserve Project, and a Devonport Domain Project.  The focal project is of course the Maungauika Project https://trap.nz/node/13438116.  This project is sponsored by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority.  If you’d like to volunteer to assist in building this eco-sanctuary for Ngā Manu, please email pestfree@rth.org.nz.

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Possum Defence Team

The Possum Defence Team has implemented a number of trap lines across the peninsula. The most recent being in Wakakura. This group of volunteers has the objective of keeping the peninsula free of these pests that cause significant damage to the trees that native species are dependent on.

Zero Stoat Team

There have been a number of recent possible sightings of a stoat on the peninsula. This team is dedicated to tracking down these pests as they are extremely detrimental to native wildlife and very hard to catch.

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Worst Weed Hit Sqad

Invasive weeds make it extremely difficult for natives to regain the foothold they need by crowding growth and in some cases, such as Ivy severely limiting the health and growth of larger trees.

This team is dedicated to identifying and removing weeds where they are posing the greatest threat to restoration efforts.

This is an extremely rewarding activity and anyone can participate.

Pest-Free Fort Takapuna

This project is coordinated by Janet Paul and aims to keep the Fort Takapuna cliffs and native bush growing along those cliffs pest-free. New volunteers are always welcome.

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Pest-Free Devonport Peninsula

This is the overall pest-free project for Devonport Peninsula with several sub-projects. 

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