About Predator Free Koraunui Stokes Valley

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Our mission

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!!


Get Involved

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  can  supply you with one  for  a  small  koha).  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. 

Why aim to be predator free?

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.

What predators do we target?



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

Brush tail Possum. Predator Free Stokes Valley


Possums occur in high numbers and have a significant impact on many of New Zealand’s natural ecosystems. They are opportunistic omnivores which means they compete with native birds and reptiles for food sources.  

The growth and life-cycle of a tree or plant is significantly affected when all parts of it are eaten. Possums also have ‘favourites’ such as rātā or kamahi trees, leading to an even greater impact on these species. 

In 1993, possums were filmed eating the eggs and chicks of kōkako. 

Dairy and deer farmers have the added worry of possums spreading bovine tuberculosis. 


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.