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Trap.nz, River Corridor, and Website Update November 2018.

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There has been excellent growth since March 2017. The numbers listed under catches are the total since the project started except for Waipahihi Botanical Reserve.

I am not sure if this is all the Trap.nz projects. We need a complete list of trap.nz projects even if it is just for funding purposes. Please let Clyff know of any projects on Trap.nz which are not listed.
We are still having issues with ensuring that people record catches correctly - work in progress.

Waikato River Corridor


We now have 87 traps out, organised into four traplines as shown on the map below. The rosters for these are organised on a Google spreadsheet here, on this website which is working well. We have spent most of the donations received. We need more possum control and the plan was to spend any remaining money on Timms traps. If program is to be completed (Control Gates to Aratiatia) we will need more people and more funding.

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TDC has approved a program of predator control. This will hopefully mean that Spa Park/ Otumuheke and Reid’s Farm/ Hipapatua will be another area of the river corridor with pest control.

Current trap locations with catches at each trap.

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PFT Website.


The website is continuing to work well as an information hub for Opepe and River Corridor projects. It is also being used to record catches across the whole membership – over 50 catches for October so far. 3500 total hits on the catch recording pages. Nobody is using the general forums and there is low use of the information on the site.
Project Tongariro (PT) is upgrading the websites for PT, Greening Taupo and Kids Greening Taupo. PFT has not come into their consideration at all. I think all the PT predator control projects (from Rotopounamu north) would benefit from being managed under one website for rosters, recording and displaying.
We still have issues with the recording and display of catches. The current program which involves recording on both Trap.nz and PFT site is cumbersome but satisfactory.
To this point the website has been developed and is run at no cost. I would recommend we discuss with PT the possibility of developing a new platform to manage all the PT area predator control.

The River Corridor is Open for Business

In the week ending 9th of August an extra 45 DOC 200’s were deployed. There are three traplines on the west of the river – Hukafalls Jet, Quality Print and Huka Lodge. Dave Kilmister (Huka Falls River Cruise) has been trapping the eastern side of the river for many years and runs the Aratiatia trapline, now with 5 DOC 200’s. Dave’s patch is from the dam north, through to the end of the newly planted flats. Signs have gone up letting people know that they should not touch the traps, who is sponsoring them and that we are indeed out there bringing back the birds. 

The A12's (Goodnature automatic possum traps) have been out a couple of weeks and are making their presence felt!

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 Trap map and catches as at 17/08/2018

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 3 traps still to be added, plus the 5 at Aratiatia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The River Corridor team - Apologies to those who had already left!

June Newsletter

Since it is a year since PFT started operating, I thought it appropriate to review our progress for the year.

Predator Free Taupo Projects data for year to June 2018

 
 

Traps

Rats

Possums

Totals

Craters of the Moon

12

12

 

12

Harvey Street Gully

7

11

 

11

Opepe DOC Reserve

46

73

6

141

Predator Free Taupo

180

49

 

65

Titoki Gully

9

6

 

6

Waipahihi Gully Restoration

12

10

 

29

Waipahihi Botanical Society

75

125

3

295

Totals

341

286

9

559

All the projects, apart from Waipahihi Botanical, are less than 12 months old (some only weeks old) so we can claim credit for over 200 extra traps traps and 250 extra predators killed. If each dead pest means one unmolested nest, that’s a lot of help for the birds of Taupo!

We have new projects underway at Rangatira Park and Five Mile Bay. We have ordered the traps for stage one of the River Corridor program and will be briefing the Wairakei Business Group this week. There is interest in a program for the Kawakawa Rd/Kawakawa Bay area. Robyn is finalising a trap line along the Lake Edge at Rangatira Point using funds donated by Peter and Vanda Marshall from Acacia Bay Nursery.

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any of these programs.

PFT Annual Review – nothing like a good old 80’s SWOT analysis!

Strengths

  • We have lots of keen people driving local projects – look at the list above.
  • Project Tongariro supports us with administrative and banking support.
  • 80 registered members on the website, 230 page likes on Facebook.

Weakness’s

  • PFT was formed a year ago with an invited committee. With no Chair or Secretary, no meetings are scheduled.
  • PFT applies for and receives public money which is spent without any monitoring or reporting.
  • We currently have no representatives from DOC or Tuwharetoa as the two previous representatives have left without notice or a replacement appointed.
  • Lack of effective social media presence.
  • There is no long-term plan or target published.

Opportunities

  • PFT 2050 has a mandate to support groups like ours. We are well positioned to assist DOC, WRC and others with projects in public spaces. We need motivated people in our group to foster relationships and attract support.
  • Many community groups could become involved in pest control with the right motivation.

Threats

  • Our funding could disappear due to lack of any administration or reporting system.

What's On

The Possum Night Run is on June 16th based at Wairakei Resort. This event supports PFT!

https://thepossum.co.nz/

 Trap Tunnel Building Day

On 21st July In Kinloch Community Hall Ian Triscott and Robyn will be holding a community rat trap tunnel building day with wood supplied by Taupo Mega Mitre 10. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 2018 Newsletter

Waikato River Corridor

With help from John Hunter and Shawn (The Vegetator) Vennel the first trapline for the river corridor has been established. This is called the Quality Print trapline and covers the area round the Hub and down to Huka Falls car park. The traps were supplied by Quality Print and Craters of the Moon Trust. Judging from the first trap check there are plenty of predators to catch. We are expecting the next 40 DOC 200's for the next two traplines any day.
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John Hunter is a keen new member of the PFT team. Like Clyff, he was a veterinarian doing his best to save animals in his previous career. When asked about this change of direction he said “Choosing birds over rats was an easy choice”
A week or so ago Shawn was out mulching some plants at the rest area on Wairakei Drive when a rat ran out of his mulch pile. An unsuccessful chase involving a spade followed. As a result Shawn was keen to get one of his A24’s on site last week and the picture below tells the story.
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Our Supporters.

Thanks for the support from Nick Reader and The Possum – A really successful night run event which meant a $200 windfall for PFT. Also Thanks to Taupo Lions for a $600 grant for community pest control baits

New Developments

Nina Manning is the new face representing DOC at PFT and Genelle Palmer is the new champion for Predator Free Acacia Bay. I am also told there is action in Rangatira Park with new traps going in, so more good work underway.

Whats on

Finishing 8th July is the annual garden bird survey check it out https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/birds/garden-bird-surveys

• The next round of funding for the Kiwibank Predator Free Community Programme is now open. You have until Sunday 15th July 2018 to submit an application. https://predatorfreenz.org/kiwibank-communities/apply-for-funding.

Waikato Regional Council Small scale funding opportunity in now open for anyone to apply. Visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/sscif. Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 31 July 2018.

July 21st Trap Building Workshop at Kinloch. https://www.facebook.com/events/287307511813255/

July 28th Waipahihi Gully Community planting day.
Mercury Energy has generously provided funds to help pay for 10 Doc 200s and enough funds to subsidise a Victor trap and tunnel for many Waipahihi residents to put in their backyards. These will be only $5 and will available at the Waipahihi Gully community planting day on 28th July from 11am. The trapping and planting is all part of a community initiative to restore Waipahihi Gully involving passionate local residents (being led by John and Pat Gibbs) Waipahihi School with support from local businesses, local and regional council, PFT, GT and KGT. Amazing work guys!

Wednesday August 1st PFT community get together out at Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary 5-7pm Guest speaker Sam Gibson from Goodnature. There will be an update of PFT after 1 year, financial report and election of the committee for 2018-2019

 

May 2018 Newsletter           predator free taupo white.jpg

This is what the good people involved with Predator Free Taupo have been up to in April.

April Catch Update:

 

Rats 

Cats

Hedgehogs

Possums

Ferrets

Craters of the Moon

4

1

     

Harvey Street Gully

3

       

Opepe DOC Reserve

12

 

5

5

1

Predator Free Taupo

8

       

Waipahihi Gully

3

 

1

   

Waipahihi Botanical

26

 

3

   

Totals

56

1

10

5

1

Hats off to Hugh at Waipahihi Botanical reserve for topping the ladder this month. Also good to see some progress on the possums at Opepe. Thanks to Andrew Buchanan for his expertise in setting up the A12's out there - he obviously knew what to do!

We have new projects in Harvey Street Gully and Titoki Gully. These have been initiated by Hamish Crawford using traps sponsored by WSP-Opus with help from Nick Green and others. The map below gives an indication of the trapping coverage on reserves on the southern side of State Highway 5. Does anybody know about the trapping project at De Bretts?

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Waikato River Corridor

Following generous donations from Huka Lodge and Huka Jet we have about half the budget to start this $15,000 project. We are planning on starting trap deployment during May and we have a promising list of volunteers ready. As soon as we have some traps to start there will be a planning meeting to sort out trap checking systems etc. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are keen to help. 

How about a Judas Rat?

This link is worth reading - about using a pet rat to catch other rats. http://thisnzlife.co.nz/takes-kill-rat/

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