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Predator Free ranger Kat Lane spent time at the NZ Flower and Garden Show chatting with visitors about backyard trapping. Only 9% were trapping pests in their backyard. Here’s some reasons they weren’t.

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The ultimate guide to helping your family protect the native species in their garden this Christmas. Whether they’re new to backyard trapping or a veteran, there’s something for everyone.

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The Cook Strait striped gecko is one of the rarest New Zealand lizards. It is found on Stephens Island in the Cook Strait and on Maud Island in Pelorus Sound.

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Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and NEXT Foundation have joined forces, inspired by the Government’s Predator Free 2050 vision, to work towards a pest free city.

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Director-General Lou Sanson talks about the Government’s announcement of funding to achieve Predator Free New Zealand by 2050.

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The tīeke/saddleback belongs to New Zealand’s unique wattlebird family, an ancient group which includes the endangered kōkako and the extinct huia. An adult tīeke can be recognised by a distinctive chestnut saddle of colour.

According to Māori mythology the chestnut saddle was put there by the demi-god Maui. Following Maui’s battle with the sun the tīeke refused to bring water to a thirsty Maui, becoming angry he seized the bird with his still fiery hand, leaving a brown scorch mark across its back.

North Island Tieke. Photo: Andy McDowall | CC BY-NC 2.0

Last Saturday 40 tīeke were released in Taranaki to join a recently released founding population. The birds were released at Taranaki’s pest-free Lake Rotokare Reserve.

These are the fist tīeke to live in the Taranaki region for more than 150 years.

Photo by Andy McDowall | CC BY-NC 2.0.