Autumn 2018 Update
The website is generating a reasonable amount of traffic and some areas are getting used consistently. Remember to stay logged on – you will not be able to access the forums or contact other members if you are not logged on. Please use the main forum to raise issues that need addressing. When in the forums use the subscribe button under actions at the bottom of the page to receive email notifications of replies to topics of interest.
Opepe DOC Reserve
The project at Opepe goes from strength to strength with 46 traps out now. They have just added 6 A12’s for possum control which are distributed among the existing traps. Investigation is now focused on the best way to extend the trapping away from the existing access tracks. There are 12 members listed as part of the project and the forum has had 104 entries made. In March so far, there have been 3 mustelids, 18 rats, 8 hedgehogs and a possum caught. Great work!
Waipahihi Gully Restoration Project
John and Pat Gibbs are driving this project which is gathering community support as well as support from Waipahihi School and TDC. This is a planting and pest control program. They have 12 DOC 200’s out and are keen to involve others living in the area (Grace Crescent, Marshall Av etc).
Waikato River Corridor
This project is aimed at enhancing the great work done by Greening Taupo on Wairakei Drive and extending the available range for the prolific bird life at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary. Many business’s in the Wairakei Business Group already have well established trapping programs and this project aims to “Join the dots”.
Predator Free Acacia Bay
We have successfully deployed about 70 traps in Acacia Bay following a Kiwibank community grant last year. In order for this project to develop further we are still looking for a keen Acacia Bay resident to steer this project forward.
We have several keen residents who have initiated this program with a funding application. If you are a Rangatira Park resident and wish to be involved contact us through the website. This project fits very well as part of the river corridor program.
Keep those traps set and start bringing back the birds to your garden!