What You Can Do Nationally
Write to the Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barrie and Northland MPs, Dr Shane Reti, Kelvin Davis and Winston Peters and urge them to support greater funding for multi-species pest control across Northland and for the Government to step up across the country and commit to multi-species pest control over 5 million hectares nationally. This means DOC needs extra funding!
What You Can Do In Northland
You can do your bit to help Northland’s native forests and threatened species recover from collapse. There are organizations ready to help with advice, funding and pest control tools. You begin to see the difference even with one year of multi-species pest control. And over a few years of multi-species pest control, trees start coming back to life and bird numbers begin to increase.
Depending on how the land you want to look after is owned, you’ll need to contact the right organisation for the best course of action.
Privately-owned land with bush
Northland Regional Council
Within Northland, the Northland Regional Council can help assist with funding animal pest and weed control tools but not the labour. Priority is given to people working together who know what they want to protect and why. This assistance is targeting at private land, which includes private landowners, trusts and Maori hapū owned land.
Contact: Mike Knight or Graeme Weavers a call tollfree at the Northland Regional Council on 0800 002 004
NZ Landcare Trust
Can teach you and give good advice on how to start a pest control project and how to do it. Ngaire Tyson from the NZ Landcare Trust can give good advice if you want to form a community or hapū pest control group to look after the bush. Ngaire can teach you how to use different traps and poisons, depending on what you want to use and has useful advice on funding rounds.
Ngā Whenua Rāhui for Maori Land
Ngā Whenua Rāhui funding programme exists to protect the natural integrity of Māori land and preserve mātauranga Māori and can be used for protecting Maori land for 25 year periods with assistance for pest control.
QEII National Trust
Can help you legally protect native forest on private land with a covenant that prevents logging and mining into the future and get assistance with fencing (usually on a 50/50 contribution basis) and some pest control.
Public Conservation Land
Contact your local Department of Conservation Office if you want to look after or expand your pest control project into DOC reserves (Kauri Coast/Dargaville, Bay of Islands, Kaitaia or Whangarei).