Kia ora local trappers! It was fantastic to see so many village trappers down at the hall on Sunday 12 November. We swapped over 20 traps, including a few of the original vintage rat pack traps, with fresh shiny new ones ready to go! If you were unable to make the event to bring in your … [Read more...] about Predator Free Paekākāriki – a trapping success
Murray Williams looks at the votes to sum up how Paekākāriki voted in the 2023 election. Spare a thought for the folk who actually ran our recent elections – those of the Electoral Commission.The forward planning, the operations at polling stations, the compiling the results are all … [Read more...] about What was our village’s political colour?
Weasels may look small and relatively harmless, but they are ruthless predators. Not only are they a threat to our native species, including our skink and gecko populations, but also our chicken flocks, having lost one of our chickens to a weasel or stoat attack! See comments for recent study into … [Read more...] about A weasel caught at Campbell Park!
Sean McKinley from the Paekākāriki Community Board provides as an update from Kāpiti Coast District Council on the progress of the seawall. On Wednesday 30 May, as Paekākāriki Community Board Chair, I was invited to attend the Paekākāriki Seawall Update briefing from Sean Mallon, Group Manager … [Read more...] about Paekākāriki Seawall Update
BREAKING NEWS – A weasel was caught on Ames Street yesterday, near Beach Road. It was lured in by what it thought was an egg…but was actually a golf ball!This particular trap is near a known penguin nesting site and has been a very active trap over the years. With this catch we have saved a few … [Read more...] about Weasel caught on Ames Street!
Thank you very much to the Community Board for the recent grant to help with the new community spaces traps, and bait for the traps. Below catch data for the month of February, including the new public spaces traps. According to our records the village stoat/s is still at large! If you have … [Read more...] about Predator Free receives Community Board Grant
Predator Free Paekākāriki was recently awarded a local conservation grant by WellingtonZoo to set up community trapping lines around the village, including Campbell Park. Maree White tells us more. The recent stoat sightings along The Parade at the end of 2022 was a great prompt to getthe traps … [Read more...] about Responding to the Paekākāriki Stoat!
In great news for walkers, cyclists and horse riders formerly farmed areas of Kāpiti’s Queen Elizabeth Park have been opened to the public following the completion of 7.5 km of new tracks to the park’s northern section. Greater Wellington Regional Council tells us all about it. “The tracks … [Read more...] about New QEP tracks open the park to regeneration and recreation
McKenzie Jones has been part of the Paekākāriki Surf Lifeguards for 18 years. At the recent closing ceremony of the old club building, McKenzie shares her farewell speech full of rich memories and fulfilling experiences of her years with the club. I’ve been a part of the Paekākāriki Surf … [Read more...] about End of an era: haere rā to the Surf Lifeguards clubroom
Paekākāriki resident Birnie Duthie enjoys checking and clearing the predator traps that help protect our kororā (little blue penguins). Birnie Duthie, a Paekākāriki resident, has been checking a trap line along the south beach of Paekākāriki since early 2020. During that time Birnie has cleared … [Read more...] about Paekākāriki Beach Rat Patrol