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Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui (Bay of Islands) Journey Begins

Three Bay of Islands peninsulas are beginning an exciting four-year journey towards becoming predator free.

Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui (Bay of Islands) is a community-led project being made possible with $4 million of funding from Predator Free 2050 Limited (PF2050 Ltd), successfully secured this year by Northland Regional Council.

The project will build on years of dedicated mahi by existing pest control programmes across the three main peninsulas: Purerua Peninsula, Russell Peninsula and Cape Brett / Rakaumangamanga, as well as throughout the wider region.

The project provides an opportunity for Bay of Islands iwi, hapū, including landowners, community landcare groups, organisations and agencies to work collaboratively on landscape-scale predator control and eradication.

Working together, the community hopes to protect a large number of threatened species including North Island kākā, long-tailed bat, North Island weka, skinks, geckos, flax snails and kauri snails to safely return from offshore islands to the mainland.

The project team is currently working alongside iwi and hapū, landowners, community groups and agencies to engage with those who are keen to be involved in developing a collaborative project plan.

We are currently working with Ngati Rehia, Ngati Torehina, Te Kapotai, Te Rauwera, Te Uri Karaka, Te Uri Ongaonga, Ngati Torehina, Patukeha, Ngati Kuta, Ngati Manu, Ngati Pare, Ngā Whenua Rāhui, Te Tangi o Te Ata, Guardians of the Bay of Islands, Eastern Bay of Islands Preservation Society, The Russell Landcare Trust, Russell Kiwi Protection, Kororareka Marae Society, Kiwi Coast Trust, Department of Conservation and Northland Regional Council.

Predator Free Pēwhairangi Whānui (Bay of Islands) Vision

Hei whakahoki i te mauri ki te ngahere o te rohe o Pēwhairangi Whānui.

To restore the mauri in the forests of the Bay of Islands.

PF2050 Vision

Whakahokia mai ngā reo karanga o te pēpeke, o te pekapeka, o te ngārara, o te manu ki ngā ngahere, ki ngā whenua pāmu, ki ngā tāone iti, ki ngā tāone nui me ngā takutai.

Return the voices of the insects, bats, reptiles, and birds back to the forests, farmland, towns, cities and coasts.

If you are interested in being involved, please email the project team on [email protected] or contact:

Russell Peninsula
Nathalie LeBlanc
Russell Landcare Trust
[email protected]

Purerua Peninsula
Andy Mentor
Pest Free Purerua / Kiwi Coast
[email protected]