Kaitake residents are leading the country by supporting an eradication trial restoring local biodiversity.
It’s the first time on mainland New Zealand that eradication of possums has been tried on urban, rural and conversation land.
Restore Kaitake is a joint effort between Towards Predator-Free Taranaki and Taranaki Mounga Project, a conservation project on Egmont National Park, as well as local landowners and residents.
The trial covers 4,500 hectares, including Oākura town, Kaitake farmland bordering Egmont National Park, 2,500 hectares of the national park and down to the coast.
The trial uses a range of tools: motion-sensor cameras, possum dogs, traps, toxins, and new trapping technology, to wipe out possums and prevent infestation.
The Kaitake and Oākura community won a 2019 Taranaki Environmental Award for Environmental Action in the Community, highlighting residents’ outstanding efforts to control predators and restore native biodiversity by working together.
Seen or heard a possum in the Oākura-Kaitake area?
We want to know! Please report it by calling 0800 736 222 or go to www.trc.govt.nz/possum.
If you’re trapping at home, register with the online database Trap.NZ, via its website or app. Then record all your catches and also your trap checks (even when nothing has been caught). This makes Trap.NZ a source of valuable data tracking the region’s efforts and identifying gaps.