Predator Free Hawke’s Bay’s vision Whakaorangia Te Matau-a-Māui is about restoring and enhancing Hawke’s Bay’s environment, and the connections communities have with it.
Whānau, farmers, iwi, hapū, teachers, students, philanthropists, and government have teamed up to protect and enhance our natural taonga. The flow on effects from this mahi, are significant for Hawke’s Bay and all Aotearoa.
New Zealand's native birds, reptiles and amphibians evolved in a landscape where there were no land mammals. When humans began to arrive, they brought with them a host of predator species that our native wildlife simply wasn't adapted to survive. Even when there is good habitat, our native species continue to face significant threats from introduced species such as stoats, ferrets, possums, rats, hedgehogs and feral cats. These predators can also pose a threat to livestock and cause severe economic loss for farmers.
Predator Free Hawke’s Bay works together with landowners and communities to protect and enhance native biodiversity. As a lot of land in Aotearoa is privately owned, we need to work together to make a difference to our biodiversity. This is where we come in. Our projects are integrating biodiversity restoration into business-as-usual primary production landscapes in ways that deliver economic, social and environmental outcomes.
By protecting private land through predator control we also look after our conservation land. It‘s only when we work together for conservation that we have greatest chance of significant, long-term biodiversity recovery across New Zealand.
Our goal over the next few years is to implement a region wide programme eradicating possums from our landscape, allowing our native species to thrive and using funding to control other predators.
We collaborate with a number of partners to drive large scale habitat restoration and outcomes for biodiversity. Joining forces with organisations working across multiple spaces allows for a truly transformative approach to restoring our environment.
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