Hawke’s Bay has got behind the country’s goal to become Predator-Free by 2050. The first phase of the $4.86 million project, called Whakatipu Mahia, will focus on removing possums from Mahia Peninsula within four years.
In July 2018, the Predator Free Hawke’s Bay team announced plans to get behind the country’s goal to become Predator-Free by 2050. The first phase of the $4.86 million project focuses on removing possums from 14,500 hectares of land on Mahia Peninsula within four years, known at Whakatipu Mahia. The knowledge gained in Mahia will be used to develop a low-cost farmland control and eradication model applicable to other areas of the region and New Zealand.
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is investing $1.17 million in the project.
The Predator Free Hawke’s Bay Project builds on the success of the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne and Cape to City ecological restoration projects, enabling an economy of scale across 700,000 ha of the Hawke’s Bay region. Poutiri Ao ō Tāne and Cape to City have been tackling predator control and restoring plants and wildlife across Hawke’s Bay since 2011 and 2015 respectively.
The new funding builds on these two existing projects, enabling an expansion of effort to the Mahia Peninsula. The focus is on a possum-free Mahia, with simultaneous control of feral cats and mustelids, low cost farmland suppression, incorporating the use of wireless trap technology, and learning to enable a pathway to eradication
Find out more about the project in our video.
The project has a $4.86m total project cost with $1.62m Predator Free 2050 Ltd investment over four years. Other contributors are Hawke’s Bay Regional Council ($1.17m), Aotearoa Foundation ($830k),Manaaki Whenua (Landcare Research) ($600k), DOC ($400k), OMV NZ Ltd ($150k), Maungaharuru Tangitū ($60k), ZIP ($30k) and farmers ($120k)
The project is integrated with Regional Pest Management Plan, builds on strong community partnerships and anticipates future council commitments.
The project is the first phase in achieving a Predator Free Hawke’s Bay. The knowledge gained in Mahia will rolled out across Hawke’s Bay and wider New Zealand.
Poutiri Ao ō Tāne is an existing large-scale ecological restoration project, which has been running for four years. This project (8,800ha) covers a variety of land-uses and is located on the Maungaharuru Range, with Boundary Stream Mainland Island at its heart. The vision: Kia Haruru a Maungaharuru, Kia ukiuki a Tangitu, Whakari ora a Papatuanuku. From Maunga to Moana flourishes an environment for future Generations to enjoy. Find out more Poutiri Ao ō Tāne here.
Cape to City started in 2015 and covers 26,000 ha that lies between Hastings and Cape Kidnappers, and extends southwards to include Waimarama and forest remnants at Kahuranaki. The vision: The Cape to City vision is: Native species thrive where we live, work and play. Find out more about Cape to City here.
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