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Message from Predator Free Rakiura Governance Group

The Predator Free Rakiura Governance Group met for the 7th time on Thursday May 14th in Invercargill. As most of you know, the Governance Group asked for detailed options to be prepared on how any removal of predators from the Halfmoon Bay area might be achieved. This work has been concluded and the papers will […]

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Acoustic Recorder Forest Bird Survey

When talking about the concept of a predator free Rakiura, one of the comments that we often hear is that there is no need for this work as the birds are doing fine.  For those who spend a lot of time visiting sites outside of Halfmoon Bay, they would be well aware of just how […]

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Response to Ron Morrison letter in September SIN

In the September Stewart Island News, Ron Morrison reiterated his idea of delaying the eradication until the technology for eradicating the rest of the island is perfected, as it might circumvent the need to use a predator fence. We have responded to similar questions on the website and in the August issue of SIN, so […]

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Response to Vicki Coats letter in September SIN

In the September SIN, Vicki Coats asked what impact the proposals for a predator free area in Bluff and reducing the visitor fees on Kapiti Island might have on the projected outcome of the Predator Free Rakiura project. She also asked if the new self-resetting traps could be used for any eradication in the place […]

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Buffer or Barrier?

Article by Sandy King Following the article about “The Fence” from the PFR Governance Group in August’s SIN I thought I’d take a closer look at the difference between a buffer zone and a physical barrier, and the relative effectiveness of each when dealing with invasive predators. Conveniently, there are easily accessible examples of each […]

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THE BENEFITS OF PEST ERADICATION.

Kia ora koutou katoa, Stewart Bull is my name and the natural environment is my game. As part of the Predtor Free Rakiura Governance Group I am representing the Rakiura Titi Island Community which has a membership of approximately 16,000 people. I am currently a representative on various bodies and committees, Chair of Rakiura Titi […]

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VICKI’S PREDATOR FREE SURVEY RESULTS

From 16th April 2014 until 23rd May 2014 Rakiura resident Vicki Coats ran a preliminary survey about the proposal to make the island predator free. She received responses from 408 adults, as well as 52 children. Only the adult responses have been included in the data. The results have been checked by Councillor Bruce Ford […]

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Response to Whiteboard questions from Community Meeting

Impact of poisons (if used): health studies impact on marine life is there sufficient research into alternatives? All FAQ 6a Costs Who will pay for biosecurity measures? Who will pay for the upkeep/ replacement of the fence? Will there be an impact on Stewart Island ratepayers? What is the cost of the work so far/ […]

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