Tiakina Ngā Manu, formerly Battle for our Birds, is DOC's successful predator control programme.


This programme is aimed at protecting our most at-risk native animals and forests on conservation land around New Zealand.

'Tiakina Ngā Manu' translates as ‘protect the birds’. Here ‘manu’ is used as a symbol for all creatures of the forest. Our native species are fighting for their survival from the onslaught of introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums. Without active protection, we risk losing this unique natural heritage and taonga.

Control methods include:

  • manual and self-resetting traps
  • ground-laid toxins
  • aerially applied biodegradable 1080.

Aerial 1080 is the most effective tool we have to control predators over large areas and in rough terrain. Our monitoring shows it’s successful in protecting our vulnerable wildlife and allowing native birds to produce more chicks to rebuild their populations.

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