Predator Free Kaipara
We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our communities are better prepared to manage the pest and predator issues to protect our investment in native tree planting.
In May 2019 IKHMG embarked on a gap analysis of pest and predator species in the Kaipara Harbour catchment. This resulted in 2 reports; 'Predator Free Kaipara Peninsulas Gaps Analysis' written by Kym Burke and 'Northern Kaipara Pest Control and Ecological Restoration Gap Analysis' written by Michael Ramsbottom.
IKHMG is committed to working with mana whenua, land owners, Crown agencies and community groups to explore ways of working collaboratively to eradicate pests and predators from the Kaipara catchment.
With support from Auckland Council, Northland Regional Council, Department of Conservation and WWF and the Tindall Foundation, we have been able to progress this project in securing $2 million dollars investment from Predator Free 2050 Ltd. This investment could create up to 36 full-time jobs and will help to lay the foundations of a pest and predator free plan for the Kaipara Harbour for generations to come.
This is an ambitious project but we have nurtured relationships with key stakeholders and engaged with mana whenua, community and experts that will help us navigate the next phase of the project - Watch This Space!