Holiday parks protecting natives
Waihi Beach TOP10 and Beachaven TOP10 are joining the Predator Free NZ project to reduce pests numbers in the district.
Both parks want to reduce possum and rat populations surrounding their parks using traps and encouraging native birds to recover by setting up bird feeders and weka hotels.
“We will be using humane traps and devices that minimise pain, suffering and distress,” staff Megan Smith says.
Staff from the two holiday parks will be monitoring the traps weekly to keep track of the number of predators caught.
But staff also want to raise awareness on the issue by involving their guests.
“We are also looking into a sponsorship programme that will allow guests to donate to this cause.
We will be placing posters and information booklets in our main areas — the pool, TV room, games room, dining room — so that the guests can see what we are trying to do in our resort,” she says.
Megan says that the system began over the school holidays, and staff willsoon involve the community to explain their work and seek interest from the public.
The idea came after staff attended a conference on the Predator Free NZ Project.
Predator Free NZ is an independent trust established in 2013.
The trust aims to reduce New Zealand’s predator population to grow and protect New Zealand’s native species.
The trust aligns with the the government’s 2050 goal to have a predatorfree New Zealand rid of possums, stoats and rats, and asks for help from communities, iwi and the public and private sectors. .
“BOP Predator Free can help you to set up backyard trapping and give you all the help you need,” Megan says.
Stoats and other pests are targeted with the 2050 Predator Free NZ project.