Looking North from the summit of Table Hill. Whenua Hou Ruggedy Range Hananui Rakeahua South West Arm of Paterson Inlet visible left to right. Photo Jake Osborne CC BY NC SA 2.0

The Challenge

Introduced predators are weakening our nature haven. Three species of rats, feral cats, possums and hedgehogs are major threats to our native plants and animals. A predator-free Rakiura / Stewart Island would remove these predators, helping the recovery of our forests and wetlands.

The Benefits

Some benefits of a Predator Free Rakiura:

  • A haven for our taonga, including Stewart Island kiwi / Rakiura tokoeka, kākā, parakeet / kākāriki, penguins, geckos and bats
  • Healthier forests, coasts and rivers
  • A place for people to experience New Zealand’s nature as it used to be
  • Meaningful employment and new, quality conservation tourism
  • Helping create a thriving community and nature together
  • A major step towards a Predator Free New Zealand
  • The opportunity to return the kākāpō to its home once again
  • Potential to become a large-scale haven to other species in need of a safe home, such as takahē
  • A healthier Rakiura is the greatest legacy to leave for our children 

Together we are restoring our natural haven - Rakiura, mauri ora

The Project
  • Kākāpō Stella-2-B-19. Photo - Jake Osborne CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Why pursue a Predator Free Rakiura?

We have so much to protect

Community, visitors and wildlife are intertwined on Rakiura with Stewart Island kiwi / Rakiura tokoeka, kākā, penguins, parakeet / kākāriki and pigeon / kereru in Halfmoon Bay township, a National Park surrounded by a pristine coastline and over 90 islands, full of wildlife, that deserve to be protected.

Did you know?

Rakiura is home to around 380 residents and welcomes over 45,000 visitors each year.

We are already on the journey

Without pigs, rabbits, stoats, goats and ferrets, we are perfectly placed to make a real impact if the remaining predators are removed. Many people on and around Rakiura are doing their bit to control predators and keep their homes, vehicles and vessels rat-free.  

The Predators

An incredible amount of work towards a predator-free Rakiura has already been achieved by iwi, the community and various organisations.


Now is the time to stop the decline

Rakiura is a nature hotspot and home to many species either threatened or found nowhere else. Let us protect our forests and wildlife and help restore the mauri of the island.

We have so much potential

Much of Rakiura's unique habitat and wildlife remains undeveloped, and with many predators already absent,  protection is not only possible, it can be done at a scale for an inhabited island that has not been done before. Let’s bring home the kākāpō!

An investment for our future

We want a healthy Rakiura for our visitors and families forever. We also want sustained and meaningful employment for our community, and to maintain our unique lifestyle within stunning natural landscapes.

Local and Global implications

The scale and complexity of this project means we would learn new techniques and innovations that could be applied not only in New Zealand towards Predator Free New Zealand but also for restoration projects around the world.

Predator free aspirations

We asked students at Rakiura’s Halfmoon Bay School to share their ideas of what 2050 might be like if predators are removed from Rakiura.

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  • Hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track New Zealand Photo Eli Duke CC BY SA 2.0

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  • Norway rat Rakiura. Photo Jake Osborne CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Removing predators at this scale won’t be easy but it will be worth it!

More Information
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