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Decades of volunteer effort restores native lizard population

Decades of volunteer effort restores native lizard population
High on the rugged hillsides of the Paekākāriki Escarpment track on the Kāpiti Coast, Paul Callister and his team of committed volunteers from Ngā Uruora community conservation group, have been spraying weeds, trapping pests and planting native plants for nearly 20 years. It’s not easy or paid work so we were lucky that Paul had time to tell us his story - about what keeps him going and what attracted him to the project in the first place. 

Goodnature’s A18 traps set to protect black-browed albatross and King penguins from mink in Chile

Goodnature’s A18 traps set to protect black-browed albatross and King penguins from mink in Chile
Over the last few years we’ve received a string of calls for help from conservation groups and authorities around the world including Hawaii (mongoose threaten their native birds), Scandinavia (mink threaten their seabirds) and England (grey squirrels threaten their trees and red squirrels). Since we’re always keen to find solutions that are safe, humane and provide constant control, we were totally up for the challenge. 

Why a predator-free NZ is possible when we’re united.

Why a predator-free NZ is possible when we’re united.

In the naughts of last century, Wellingtonians woke to the sound of whales scraping the barnacles off their backs and thrashing in the shallow waters of Oriental Bay. 

In the naughts of this century, it was a different story - mostly without whales and with only a few native birds creating a ruckus. Almost every part of New Zealand has seen plummeting populations of native birds and Wellington was no exception.