Help Taranaki’s native wildlife & bush – let’s restore Taranaki! Get involved by trapping in your backyard, protecting Taranaki wildlife and native bush from the threat of predators.
We can all play a part to help protect and enhance our region's precious biodiversity — birds, lizards, insects, invertebrates, plants and ecosystems. Join Towards Predator-Free Taranaki and stop rats, possums and mustlelids (stoats, ferrets, weasels) wreaking havoc on our native environment.
It’s critical we stop them before they cause irreparable damage. If you’d like to help biodiversity and get involved in the project, Towards Predator-Free Taranaki — register here. We’re starting in the New Plymouth area, Oākura and the Kaitake Range with three different work streams – rural, urban and Restore Kaitake.
The Taranaki Regional Council can support you with a range of traps and devices, offering subsidised box-tunnel rat traps that are safe around pets and children for $10. If you’re unsure about using a trap, we will also provide assistance and discuss options you’re comfortable with. Find out more at one of our free urban trapping workshops
Pick up a subsidised $10 rat trap and box from one of the following New Plymouth schools, selling them as a fundraiser:
Woodleigh School, New Plymouth: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Frankley School, New Plymouth: Contact: Geraldine Irvine email@example.com
Manukorihi Intermediate, Waitara: Contact Sally Halcombe firstname.lastname@example.org
Coastal Taranaki School, Ōkato: Contact Margaret Normanton email@example.com
Norfolk School, Inglewood: Contact Elizabeth Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
St Joseph’s School, Hāwera: Contact Jude Fevre email@example.com
Ngaere School, Ngaere/Eltham: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Oakura School: Contact email@example.com
Huirangi School, Huirangi/Waitara: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact the school to arrange a time to collect your trap.
Pick up a rat-trap and box for $10 at one of the following public events:
- New Plymouth pop-up shop: on the corner of Devon and Liardet Streets. Open weekdays 9am-5pm and Saturday 10am-2pm, selling $10 rat-traps and boxes until 25 December or until stocks run out!
- Ngamotu Seaside Market, Ngamotu Beach - 9am - 3pm on the first Sunday of each month, weather dependent - more details(external link)
- Thursday 8 November 5.30 - 8pm - Garden Evening, Mitre 10 MEGA New Plymouth
Other urban areas in Taranaki will be included as the project continues. Please follow the link to register your interest and we'll be in touch when the project comes to your town.
Already got your trap?
Be sure to register on the Trap.NZ website, and record your trapping catches there. This provides invaluable data not only for this project, but for others around New Zealand wanting to do something simillar. The process is easy and free, and there are also apps for both Apple and Android.
Follow the links for more information about Towards Predator-Free Taranaki and its phases
To order your trap or show your support, check the map to see which area you're in, then select the appropriate form.
Teachers and principals wanting their school to be involved in Towards Predator-Free Taranaki should email email@example.com with their details.