Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Brighter future for a pest free Kapiti Island


12 November 2012

Brighter future for a pest free Kapiti Island

The Department of Conservation believes Kapiti Island is now stoat-free, following an extensive trapping and monitoring campaign.

This campaign has cost DOC over $600,000 and a lot of time and effort since the first sighting of a stoat in 2010. Biosecurity monitoring and response methods have been permanently upgraded, and a team of stoat detection dogs will be spending another week on the island later this month.

“Kapiti Island is one of New Zealand’s most important Nature Reserves. We now know stoats can get there, and keeping it pest-free is a top priority for us,” says DOC’s Kapiti Wellington Area Manager Rob Stone.

Most people never get an opportunity to visit nature reserves but Kapiti is relatively accessible, providing opportunity to observe birds that are either very rare or absent from the mainland. Kapiti Island is home to rare native birds including stitchbird, kokako, takahe, brown teal, and saddleback. The little spotted kiwi thrives on Kapiti Island but is now extinct on the mainland.

DOC is in the process of making Kapiti even more accessible, by working with new concessions to offer more streamlined, one-stop-shop packages for visitors, and increasing the number of people permitted to the island. Looking out 5 years DOC is also developing plans which will review and improve visitor facilities, including establishing new tracks and boardwalks, and a better sewerage management system.

"We want visitors to have a world class tourism experience on the island, where they can see fully-protected endangered species and hear fascinating stories in a stunning location,” says Mr Stone.

Mr Stone says DOC is looking forward to working closely with iwi in the protection and management of the island.

DOC is engaging with Kapiti Coast District Council, iwi and businesses on a ‘departure lounge’ concept to further improve biosecurity and add to the visitor experience. DOC has also signed a three year sponsorship partnership with OMV, an international energy resource company, which will fund Kapiti Island’s biosecurity and stoat trapping programme.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news