We would love for you to join us in making Paekākāriki predator free! Predator control helps to protect all of our native flora and fauna. We have seen tūī and kererū numbers boom over recent years, next we want to see kākā and kākāriki! Join our group and we’ll help you get started trapping in your backyard!
Welcome to Predator Free Paekākāriki!
Predator control helps to protect the local kororā (little blue penguin), our native skinks and geckos, and bird life, and ensure they flourish.
Predator Free Paekākāriki are helping villagers to get involved in backyard trapping by providing traps, peanut butter bait, resource material, and support networks. We are also undertaking predator control in parks and public reserves, targeting rats, mustelids and possums.
How do we achieve this?
To have any chance of ridding the village of predators we need to have traps in every 1 in 5 properties across Paekākāriki to ensure sufficient coverage. From the information we have at hand as @ end of 2022, we are sitting at about 1 in 10, halfway there!
Get a trap for your backyard and start helping our native wildlife.
Traps for sale We have individual rat and mice traps for sale, and tunnel trap packages, which include free delivery in the village. The tunnel trap packages include a rat trap, a wooden tunnel, a jar of peanut butter bait, and instructions. The traps are easy to use, and safe for pets and kids. Complete the ordered formhere.
NOTE: we only supply traps to Paekākāriki residents.
Already have a trap.
Rodents are fine diners and prefer fresh! Make sure you are checking your traps often, and rebaiting.
Free bait for traps Fix and Fogg have very kindly provided the project with end of line peanut butter, not fit for human consumption but ideal as bait free of charge! We were previously stocking this at the local Paekākāriki Fruit Supply, this is currently undergoing refurb and change of owners. Will keep you posted. In the meantime, you can email us at [email protected] if you need to restock.
Other ways to get involved
Lending a hand to neighbours – helping out neighbours who are less able or don’t want to check and reset traps.
Join the Predator Free Paekākāriki team – we can always do with a hand with checking trap lines, occasionally building traps etc. Please email us if you are interested.
Join our local village predator free Facebook page to connect with other local trappers who can provide tips and advice.
Tunnel Trap Package: 1 for $25 or 2 $40 Buy a backyard rat and mouse trap that comes complete with a custom-made wooden tunnel box to keep the trap safe from curious pets and children, and a free jar of peanut butter bait to get you started.
Replacement rat and mouse traps also available to order.
Paekākāriki has been at the forefront of backyard trapping programmes. The founding Paekākāriki Rat Pack began as one of the projects undertaken by one of the neighbourhood teams from the 2011 KCDC ‘Greenest Street’ competition and is likely the first backyard trapping group anywhere in New Zealand. A key driver of the idea was Geoff Osgood, along with Aaron Richardson.
Recognising that composting and organic waste management systems would offer a greater food source for pests, the Paekākāriki Rat Pack started a rodent and stoat control program. The idea quickly spread through the village.
Geoff organised a number of community working bees at the Paekākāriki motor camp to build traps. Materials in the early days came from many sources, including the use of recycled wood and plastic.
Geoff was also an early adopter of the catch reporting system Trap.nz developed in Paekākāriki by Groundtruth. Trap.nz is now used throughout New Zealand on over 2000 projects and has thousands of active users.
Heat map of mouse and rat catches from 1 Jan 2015 -mid 2020 including Ngā Uruora to the south and Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park to the north. Image from trap.nz
In 2020 The Paekākāriki Rat Pack was renamed Predator Free Paekākāriki to reflect the focus on all predators, and part of the wider Predator Free 2050. Over a decade on the group continues the great work of the founding rat pack.