Help Taranaki’s native wildlife & bush – let’s restore Taranaki! Get involved by trapping in your backyard, protecting Taranaki wildlife and native bush from the threat of predators.
We can all play a part to help protect and enhance our region's precious biodiversity — birds, lizards, insects, invertebrates, plants and ecosystems. Join Towards Predator-Free Taranaki and stop rats, possums and mustlelids (stoats, ferrets, weasels) wreaking havoc on our native environment.
It’s critical we stop them before they cause irreparable damage. If you’d like to help biodiversity and get involved in the project, Towards Predator-Free Taranaki — register here. We’re starting in the New Plymouth area, Oākura and the Kaitake Range with three different work streams – rural, urban and Restore Kaitake.
The Taranaki Regional Council can support you with a range of traps and devices, offering subsidised box-tunnel rat traps that are safe around pets and children for $10. If you’re unsure about using a trap, we will also provide assistance and discuss options you’re comfortable with. Find out more at one of our free urban trapping workshops
Pick up a $10 rat trap and box, at urban trapper workshops in New Plymouth - details here - or they are available to purchase as a fundraiser from the following schools:
Woodleigh School, New Plymouth: Contact Sharon Thomson email@example.com
Frankley School, New Plymouth: Contact: Geraldine Irvine firstname.lastname@example.org
Manukorihi Intermediate, Waitara: Contact Sally Halcombe email@example.com
Coastal Taranaki School, Ōkato: Contact Margaret Normanton firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk School, Inglewood: Contact Elizabeth Carter email@example.com
St Joseph’s School, Hāwera: Contact Jude Fevre firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the school to arrange a time to collect your trap.
Pick up a rat trap and box for $10 at one of the regular urban trapping workshops held in different parts of New Plymouth. The next workshop is:
- To be advised.
Follow the link to register your interest in attending current or future workshops.
Other urban areas in Taranaki will be included as the project continues. Please follow the link to register your interest and we'll be in touch when the project comes to your town.
Already got your trap?
Be sure to register on the Trap.NZ website, and record your trapping catches there. This provides invaluable data not only for this project, but for others around New Zealand wanting to do something simillar. The process is easy and free, and there are also apps for both Apple and Android.
Follow the links for more information about Towards Predator-Free Taranaki and its phases
To order your trap or show your support, check the map to see which area you're in, then select the appropriate form.
Teachers and principals wanting their school to be involved in Towards Predator-Free Taranaki should email email@example.com with their details.