What you can do to help
- Don’t own a cat if you live in or on the fringe of a forest / bush block.
- If you must own a cat, feed it well so it doesn't hunt for food and keep it in at night - they are nocturnal hunters.
- Have your cat desexed and make sure unwanted kittens are not left to fend / feed for themselves. Domestic cats are perfectly capable of surviving in the wild because of their natural hunting instincts, excellent night vision, hearing and sense of smell. Guess what they will eat to survive?
- If you own a dog, keep it tied up at night. Have it avian averted annually - contact your local DoC office to register your interest in doing this.
- Exercise your dog in designated areas.
- If you own a dog, don't say, "My dog wouldn’t do that." Remember that a dog is a dog, and there are some things that dogs just do beyond sniffing bottoms.
- Trap for possums and rats in your own garden.
- Offer a bounty of a couple of dollars for each hedgehog or rabbit that is delivered to you… dead.
- Trap for magpies if you have them. Magpies are Australian and if this is not reason enough to get rid of them (joking) they are incredibly territorial and 'airbourne bullies' to our native birds.
- Pick up any nylon you see on the beach. This can tangle around seabird's feet.
- Look out for NZ Dotterel when you go to the beach over summer and respect their need for
Think of the results of your action / inaction.
What you do or don't do makes a difference.
The Kuaotunu Challenge
Project Kiwi Trust challenges every Kuaotunu household to purchase one possum trap or rat trap, to set it up in their backyard and use it.