A Boost to Reduce Pests August 2018

Parihaka Community Landcare Boundary Map

A boost in funding for Parihaka Community Landcare by both Whangarei District Council and Northland Regional Council goes a long way to support the conservation work of this community group which is leading the way protecting and promoting native biodiversity in the outstanding forest of Parihaka.

Dr. Dai Morgan from Applied and Environmental Sciences at Northtec has been leading this voluntary project. “Whangarei is the best city in New Zealand to live in. The harbour is flanked by significant forests with a lot going on ecologically. However, there is also a significant opportunity to enhance our native biodiversity through eradicating pest mammals across the entire city. With this additional funding available, we need more volunteers and residents to help support the project”

Backyard Trappers Needed
With the success of the NRC 'Biofund' there are limited free rat and possum traps for anyone that lives adjacent to Parihaka in order to support the conservation work being done within the forest (see picture for the trapping area). Therefore, if you reside in this area (i.e. within 100m or so of the bush) and would like to maintain a trap all you need to do is to check and clear your trap periodically and record your captures.

Pest Control to boost your fitness
WDC is providing funding to keep up the pest control until 2019. With additional funding to increase the area by 30 hectares, it will make the total amount of Parihaka under management to about 100 hectares. Dai Morgan says that the combined area of all Parihaka land parcels is 389 ha. “We are chipping away at it”.

To keep the project manageable and not push the existing volunteer base too much, Dai is seeking to recruit new volunteers to help with regular bait fills, and also help set up the new funded area. Trish Clarke from Volunteering Northland went along recently to one of the Sunday morning monthly bail fills. “I followed the Ross Track downhill but those that want more of an intrepid adventure can head off the established tracks and have more of a robust workout. It was also great to also see a variety of age groups involved”. She also suggests this is a good volunteer opportunity for people to feel connected to the community and landscape without a huge time commitment.

Dai welcomes people to get in touch if they can help, or if they know someone who might like to get involved. Make contact via Volunteering Northland info@volunteeringnorthland.nz or check out the FaceBook page “Parihaka Community Landcare”