Hol­i­day parks pro­tect­ing na­tives

Waihi Leader - - News - By MELANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

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.

PHOTO / PA­TRICK GAR­VEY

Stoats and other pests are tar­geted with the 2050 Preda­tor Free NZ project.

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