Creating a Kapiti Mainland Island

Nga Uruora is playing a key part in creating a ‘Kapiti Mainland Island’. This is an area where intensive animal pest control is carried out. The core area for this animal pest control is approximately 1,650 hectares covering Queen Elizabeth Park, Whareroa Farm Reserve, the Paekakariki-Pukerua escarpment, including Perkins farm/Middle Run, as well as in the village of Paekakariki. This expansion of pest control is funded by a grant from the Ministry of the Environment and is part of the wider Kapiti Coast Biodiversity project.

In the medium term, our vision is to reduce key introduced mammal pests in our core areas to levels that support expanding native bird, lizard and invertebrate populations. In the longer term, we want to build a ‘halo’ effect by supporting animal pest control in neighbouring areas, in particular the communities of Raumati and Pukerua Bay as well as neighbouring farming communities.

Our specific goals are:

To reduce mustelid, possum, feral cats, rat and hedgehog populations in Queen Elizabeth Park, Whareroa Farm Reserve, Perkins farm/Middle Run and the Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment to levels sufficient to support expanding native bird populations, including creating a suitable environment for the expected arrival of kaka and kakariki.

To reduce mustelid, possum, feral cats, rat and hedgehog populations in Queen Elizabeth Park and Ames Street Reserve to support the nesting of blue penguins.

To create 44 hectares of ‘rat free sanctuaries’ within key native forest areas on Whareroa Farm Reserve and on the Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment. A main aim is to create safe nesting sites within these prime forest areas.

Based on recommendations arising from lizard and weta surveys, to create pest control ‘hot spots’ in Queen Elizabeth Park, in Whareroa Farm Reserve, and on the Paekakariki-Pukerua Bay escarpment that reduce predators to abundance levels sufficient for lizard and weta populations to persist and expand.

To support the efforts of local residents in Paekakariki to create a ‘rat free’ town.

To encourage the expansion of animal pest control into the urban areas of Raumati South and Pukerua Bay.

To work with local farmers, such as the Waterfall Road based Kotukutuki Group, to support pest control in neighbouring areas.

To read more about the project go to http://www.naturespace.org.nz/documents/project-reports