Working toward a Pest Free Northland requires a co-ordinated approach across the whole of the region, particularly in areas that aren't as highly populated. The council is looking to build more capacity for pest control along the west coast of the region, with $439,000 proposed each year.
This funding will provide for increased trapping infrastructure to achieve multi-species pest control across a number of community-led projects, including the Tane Whakapiripiri pest-free project and pest control programmes in areas around:
The funding will also contribute to the Te Toa Whenua and Te Roroa projects, carrying out work on Māori land at Waipoua to reduce pest numbers, and the Kaitiaki Kiwi programme, which is working to restore kiwi populations near Waipoua and Dargaville.
What is being done?
The Warawara Forest is situated on the west coast of Northland between Hokianga and Whangape Harbours. It covers a total area of 13,324 ha, which includes 6,758 ha of conservation land and 6,566 hectares of privately owned land.
The Warawara Restoration Project is a partnership involving Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa, the Department of Conservation, the Northland Regional Council and Reconnecting Northland to restore more than 13,000ha of the forest to health, while revitalising local kainga.
There is a comprehensive management plan for the area and we have supported this CPCA with funding, pest control training, equipment and advice for those involved in the predator control and monitoring work in the forest. The pest control work focuses on eradicating possums, mustelids, feral cats and goats, rabbits and hares.
Who to contact?
Visit the Reconnecting Northland website for more information about this project.