Our mission is to help the Koraunui Stokes Valley community achieve the goal of making New Zealand Predator Free by 2050.
An estimated 68,000 native birds are killed in New Zealand by introduced predators every night. The Predator Free NZ Trust estimate roughly that having a trap in every 5th urban backyard is enough to create a safe environment for our native wildlife to flourish.
Imagine living in a suburb which resonates to a dawn chorus of birds each morning and in which tui, kereru, piwakawaka (fantails), korimako (bellbirds) and other native wildlife like skinks and geckos are a common sight. It's happening in other communities around New Zealand. Together as a community we can make it a reality in Stokes Valley too!!
Backyard trapping is easy and it has lots of benefits both for your garden and the native wildlife that visits it.
A backyard trap doesn't need to be fancy or expensive (we may even be able to supply you with one). What's important is that households set and clear their traps regularly. We only ask that you report what you've trapped through to us once a fortnight.
Rats, stoats, and possums kill approximately 25 million native birds every year. They are the most damaging mammalian predators that threaten New Zealand’s natural taonga, economy and primary sector.
Watch this short video to learn more.
Rats threaten the survival of many native species such as wētā, snails, lizards and birds. They eat almost anything, including our native species and their food sources. They are common agricultural, industrial and domestic predators, causing a great deal of economic damage and posing a risk to human health.
Stoats (and other mustelids - weasels and ferrets) have caused the extinction of several New Zealand bird species and are the major cause of decline for many other species, including reptiles and invertebrates. They attack defenceless young kiwi and contribute to the continuing decline of mainland kiwi populations
Although considered by many to be cute, hedgehogs have voracious appetites. They pose a threat to native weta, skinks, and the eggs and chicks of ground-nesting birds.
Hedgehogs are abundant throughout New Zealand, and pose a significant threat to many of our native species.
In many areas of New Zealand, there are now estimated to be between 2 and 4 hedgehogs per hectare (and in some areas as many as 8!)
As a community based, non-profit group much of what do is only achievable through the generosity of our community. All donations are put towards purchasing the materials required to make traps or to raise awareness.
If you would like to volunteer your time by please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.