Helen Bowden, her five siblings and 90-year old mother are a family on a mission: to attract the once-abundant native birdlife back to their farm Tawapou, at Matapouri on Northland’s east coast.
“The rats were thick on the ground!” he says. “Even down in the cowshed. I’d see them on the rafters and all around.” Like many farmers, Laurence tried a few methods to get the rats under control but didn’t get the results he was looking for. “I used poison for a while but with limited success.”