Rock wren/tuke (xenicus gilviventris)

Image: Sabine Bernert | ©

Introduction

DOC is planning a predator control programme over about one million hectares, or 12 % of conservation land, in response to this year’s large-scale beech mast.

Highlights

This programme is funded from the Government’s Budget 2018 investment in predator control of $81.2 million over four years. This provides for sustained predator control over an increased area of public conservation land. It also allows DOC to deal with predator plagues in forest mast years.

Priority sites in this year’s programme have been confirmed and are at an advanced stage of planning. Maps show the locations of planned operations:

Aerial 1080 operations at confirmed beech mast sites will only go ahead if rodents reach levels where they pose a threat to wildlife. Confirmed ground operations (trapping) are underway.

Detailed maps of sites are available on the pesticide summaries interactive map. This contains information about all DOC pesticide operations, ground and aerial.

Further information

Predator control operations for 2019/2020 are listed below:

Operations 2019
Site
 District Estimated hectares Status

Mahoenui weta (ground control)

King Country

183

Confirmed

Otawa (ground control)

Western BOP

351

Confirmed

Whirinaki

Eastern BOP

39,593

Confirmed

Taranaki Mounga Project

Taranaki

34,148

Confirmed

Abel Tasman

Motueka

9,639

Completed 18 June 2019

Kahurangi

Golden Bay

303,601

Confirmed

Maud Island mouse eradication

Marlborough Sounds

TBC

Confirmed

Mokihinui - New Creek

Buller

70,000

Confirmed

Te Maruia

Greymouth

65,268

Confirmed

Punakaiki

Buller

35,099

Confirmed

Roaring Meg

Greymouth

12,823

Confirmed

Arthur’s Pass

North Canterbury

125,798

Confirmed

Orange-fronted parakeet (ground control)

North Canterbury

5,671

Confirmed

Okarito North South

South Westland

18,375

Confirmed

Abbey Rocks

South Westland

43,003

Confirmed

Landsborough

South Westland

46,758

Confirmed

Haast Kiwi (ground control)

South Westland

7,570

Confirmed

Arawhata-Waipara & Hindley

South Westland

48,951

Confirmed

Makarora-Wilkin

Central Otago

38,941

Confirmed

Dart/Caples

Wakatipu

17,191

Confirmed

Hollyford

Fiordland

40,585

Confirmed

Arthur/Cleddau

Fiordland

17,924

Confirmed

Clinton/Eglinton

Fiordland

37,080

Confirmed

Murchison Mountains (ground control)

Fiordland

52,985

Confirmed

Kepler

Fiordland

24,264

Confirmed

Wet Jacket Pennisula

 

Fiordland

40,000

Confirmed

Blue Mountains Mohua

Southland/Murihiku

6681

Confirmed

Catlins

Southland/Murihiku

31,548

Confirmed

Stewart Island Dotterel (ground control)

Rakiura/Stewart Island

5,496

Confirmed

Proposed operations
Site District Estimated hectares Status

Northern Ruahine

Manawatu

29,216

Proposed

Mapara (ground control)

King Country

1,429 

Proposed

Matukituki

Central Otago

18,629

Proposed

Waitutu

Fiordland

29,353 

Proposed

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