Predator Free Whiriwhiri

Predator Free Whiriwhiri is the formalisation of individual efforts among landowners to restore the native bush valleys, and wetlands in the Whiriwhiri, Otaua and Maioro areas. Following Bovine TB eradications in the wider area in 2007/8, possum, rat and mustelid numbers were at a low.

For a brief period native bird life increased significantly with flocks of Kereru and Tui a common sight. Sadly this life line was short lived as unchecked predator numbers rebounded. Having witnessed the effect predator control brings, local landowners started coordinated action in 2017.

In the following years tui numbers increased six fold, kereru numbers rebounded, and with an increased focus on mustelids and feral cats, the pheasant and quail numbers have at least doubled. The area boasts some of the highest Ruru and Pekapeka counts in Franklin.

We are proud to have the ongoing support of Ngaati Te Ata, AC, WRC, DOC, and QEII.