Pest Free Whau

Help achieve the vision of a pest free Whau, creating a neighbourhood where our native plants and animals thrive.

Pest Free Whau

WHO IS INVOLVED?

We are local residents, school groups, businesses and organisations, all working together as kaitiaki (guardians), to help achieve the vision of a pest free Whau.

This vision is one of a neighbourhood where native birds thrive, native plants flourish and waterways are healthy. It’s a place we love to live, because it is alive with birdsong and our green spaces and streams are teeming with life.

WHERE IS THE WHAU?

The Whau area includes Kelston, New Lynn Green Bay, Blockhouse Bay, New Windsor and Avondale. It is named after the Whau river estuary which runs through the area. This area and catchment is important, both ecologically and culturally, as it links the Waitematā and Manukau harbours.

WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE WE FACE?

Predators such as rats, stoats and possums kill approximately 25 million native birds every year. Reducing the number of predators helps create a safer habitat for our native birds.

Fast-growing weeds can quickly take over green spaces, depriving native plants of the space and light they need to establish themselves. Native plants are an important source of food and shelter for our native birds and insects.

By taking on a role as kaitiaki, we can help our native plants and birds flourish, improving local biodiversity and protecting green spaces for everyone to enjoy, now and in the future.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We welcome everyone, from individuals to schools, groups and businesses, who want to get involved in any way possible. By working together, we can make a real difference in our neighbourhood.

We want everyone to feel supported and be able to connect with other like-minded people right across the Whau.

WE CAN HELP YOU AND YOUR GROUP:

  • get advice, support and best practice information
  • access resources, such as guides or grants, to help your work
  • connect with others doing similar work
  • attend workshops, events and activities to support what you are doing
  • celebrate success and see what a difference your work is making.

FIND OUT MORE

Contact Melissa, by email on melissa@ecomatters.org.nz or call 027 567 2443.

OUR FUNDERS AND SUPPORTERS

This project grew from the Waitahurangi Wildlink project and Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School continues to be a collaborating partner.