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Predator Free Stewart Island talks begin

Feasibility studies on options for the Predator Free Rakiura Halfmoon Bay Project are now out for the Stewart Island/Rakiura community to consider. The Predator Free Rakiura Governance Group has published three technical reports covering options for predator removal, details of a proposed predator fence, and biosecurity requirements to keep the island predator-free. A summary paper […]

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Bird call analysis using Acoustic Recorders

  In last months SIN, I described how we were using digital recorders to look at the abundance of birds at a variety of sites.  The aim was to see if areas that had received long term pest control had higher numbers of birds than other areas.  It would also give an indication of the […]

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TOXINS 101 – THE DETAILS

By Phil Bell (for the Predator-free Rakiura Governance Group) Following on from the article in this month’s SIN (October), here are more details on each of the toxins outlined (with a table of pros and cons at the bottom). The majority of the information below has been adapted from the ‘Pesticide Information Review’ for each […]

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September Stewart Island News update

We’ve fielded a number of questions on the practicalities of how an eradication would work. The details of these are being worked through in the detailed feasibility study that is currently being undertaken. However we thought it would be useful to provide some information on the legal aspects of an eradication. Regulatory Processes and Issues […]

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Predator Free Rakiura – Jan 2014 update

The Governance Group for the Predator Free Rakiura project has been established, the members are set out as below: Sandy King and Jill Skerrett – representing the Stewart Island community Gail Thompson – representing iwi interests Stewart Bull – representing iwi (Titi Islands) interests Leon Fife – representing Rakiura Maori Land Trust Ali Timms – […]

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Predator Free Stewart Island – Update

In May we had a second public meeting at the Stewart Island Community Hall at Oban. It was a good vibe. What are we up to? In 2008 in response to constant enquiry, DOC carried out a preliminary assessment of making Stewart Island/Rakiura predator-free. There are three predators there – possums, feral cats and rats. […]

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