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.
Together we are restoring our natural haven - Rakiura, mauri ora
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.
Rakiura is home to around 380 residents and welcomes over 45,000 visitors each year.
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.
An incredible amount of work towards a predator-free Rakiura has already been achieved by iwi, the community and various organisations.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.