We believe Rakiura is worth protecting from introduced predators, enabling nature and community to thrive together by enjoying the benefits of a restored Rakiura.
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’s protect our forests and wildlife and help restore the mauri of the island.
With much of Rakiura undeveloped and with many predators already absent, and with unique habitat and wildlife, means protection is not only possible but at a scale that simply cannot happen elsewhere. Let’s bring home the kākāpō!
We want a healthy Rakiura for our visitors and families forever, sustained meaningful employment for our community and to maintain our relaxed lifestyle within stunning natural landscapes.
The scale and complexity of this project means we’d learn new techniques and innovations that could be applied not only in New Zealand towards Predator Free New Zealand but 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.
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.
Removing predators at this scale won’t be easy but it will be worth it!