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. 'Tiakina Ngā Manu' translates as ‘protect the birds’. Here ‘manu’ symbolises all our forest creatures.

Native species are fighting for survival due to introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums. Without active protection, we risk losing our unique natural heritage and taonga.

Aerial 1080 is the most effective tool we have to control predators over large areas and in rough terrain. Monitoring shows it protects vulnerable wildlife so native bird populations can grow. We use 1080 and other methods of control in this programme.


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