Predator Free Palmy

An alert robin with a band on its leg sits on a punga log in the bush.

We're supporting a community-led biodiversity project to protect native wildlife in Moonshine Valley, Aokautere and Summerhill.

This project aims to get rid of predators and protect species that are under threat.

The hills and valleys surrounding urban Palmerston North are home to an abundance of native species including kererū, tūī, cuckoo, korimako and green gecko – but there’s also a large population of possums, rats and weasels.

Residents in Moonshine Valley, Aokautere and Summerhill have teamed up with Council to make their neighbourhoods predator-free. We provide predator traps to local families and work with them to maintain the traps and monitor the number of predators caught.

The scheme was rolled out more widely following a successful pilot in Moonshine Valley in 2016-17.

To find out more, please contact Adam Jarvis, Policy Analyst (Environmental Sustainability). Email or phone 06 356 8199

Resources for project participants

Report a kill

Video tutorial: How to set a Timms trap

Video tutorial: How to set a DoC 200 trap