Can the village of Patumahoe be the first mainland village in NZ to be predator free – including rat free? That is the hope of Whakaupoko Landcare and they need your vote to help fund the project.
Many believe that it is impossible especially with rats. However, Budapest, the capital city of Hungary has been rat free for over 40 years. In New Zealand we are making larger and larger islands predator free.
Now says Whakaupoko Landcare, it is time to Mobilise People Power in our own back yard and tackle the mainland. The starting point of the project, if funded, is the Village of Patumahoe and the rural land close by. Already on a semi coordinated basis there is pest control with great results. 10 years of bird surveys show that tui numbers have increased 5 times and kereru more than doubled. Long tailed bats in pockets of nearby bush are at as high a density as anywhere in the Hunuas.
Just 60 years ago there used to be kokako in Patumahoe. Perhaps soon we can bring them back.
Help Whakaupoko Landcare and our native birds and critters by putting in your vote.
Go to http://predatorfreenz.org/get-involved/video-competition/ Click on our Whakaupoko Landcare Patumahoe video with the Tui picture. Register your vote to support our pilot project to make the Village of Patumahoe and the surrounding area predator free.