Towards Predator-Free Taranaki

Taranaki Taku Tūranga

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Launched in 2018, Towards Predator-Free Taranaki was New Zealand’s first landscape-scale project, removing rats, possums and stoats from around Taranaki Maunga.

Removing rats, possums and stoats will make the single-biggest difference to protecting our precious native wildlife and plants, improving lifestyles and supporting livelihoods, particularly Taranaki’s primary industries and tourism.

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'More birds, more plants, more flowers'

For long-time volunteers Tony and Anne Collins checking traps is a team effort.

“We do it together. It’s part of us, it’s fun,” Tony says. Over the years they’ve developed a well-oiled system. He deals with the traps, while Anne logs the catches.

Tony may joke he does it because he’s “ordered to” but it’s clear this New Plymouth couple are both committed to doing their bit for the environment.

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