Predator free far north

Ngāti Kuri have revealed a plan to protect the northern tip of New Zealand with a predator fence stretching 8.5 km from the west coats to the east coast. This will be about 20 km from the northern tip at Cape Reinga.

RNZ:  Iwi to build predator-free fence from coast-to-coast

Northland iwi Ngāti Kuri has revealed its plans to build the $1.2 million fence just south of Cape Reinga.

The fence will run from near the Te Paki sand-dunes on the west coast, to near Te Hapua on the east coast, spanning nearly 8.5 kilometres.

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Ngāti Kuri trustee Sheridan Waitai said it would help protect an isolated area which was home to many endemic species, including insects and trees.

She said the fence would keep pests like possums, rats, mice and stoats out of the area.

It looks like a lot of the area has some sort of bush cover (Google Maps):

It’s a small beginning but if they succeed with this they may be able to progress down the island.

The fence protecting the Orokonui Ecosanctuary just north of Dunedin is 9 km enclosing an area of 307 hectares near the coast.

The fence protecting the Zealandia sanctuary near Wellington is 8.6 km enclosing an area of 207 hectares.

The area they aim to protect in the far north looks to be much larger than the sanctuaries.

 

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  1. Gezza

     /  June 25, 2018

    Hope they succeed. Fencing off Zealandia seems to have been instrumental in helping native birds spread out from Karori further North. Was cool having lunch about 5 years ago with a hiking group, in an old graveyard in Khandallah, surrounded by a small flock of kaka – which I’d never seen before.

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  2. Corky

     /  June 25, 2018

    Will the fence make it easier to control human pests?

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    • Gezza

       /  June 25, 2018

      You should be ok if you stay on tne main drag I imagine.

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      • Corky

         /  June 25, 2018

        That’s what worries me. It’s a small step to add gates should things go feral. The remaining
        non fenced area would be easily patrolled.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 25, 2018

          Ah yes. I see it now. A cunning plan worthy of Blackadder himself.

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          • Corky

             /  June 25, 2018

            Yes. When my cynicism becomes paranoia.

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            • phantom snowflake

               /  June 25, 2018

              For those who think they have seen it all, I would prescribe a weekend in Te Hapua.

            • Corky

               /  June 25, 2018

              What do like about Te Hapua? Any subtropical fruit there that would take my fancy?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  June 25, 2018

              The combination of some third world housing and health issues and generous bighearted people is quite eye opening. Didn’t pay attention to the fruit although I know pineapples grow well at that latitude. Great fishing.

            • PartisanZ

               /  June 25, 2018

              Ya get that big-heartedness everywhere I’ve been where there’s so-called “poverty” too … Fiji and Tonga … Hong Kong’s Kowloon side …

            • phantom snowflake

               /  June 25, 2018

              …Mangere! Lived there at one stage.

            • Corky

               /  June 25, 2018

              Poorness does breed a big heart and kindness. But it also breeds feralness. Re the story on Three News about pigs being released into conservation land up North. A person who had been complaining about this practice for years has received death treats. He said some people had accused him of trying to take food off their table. Straight away I knew he was talking about Maori. One forest camera showed 40 plus pigs passing by. I’m not trying not rain on your parade. I’m just showing things must be kept in perspective.

            • PartisanZ

               /  June 25, 2018

              Either/Or Fallacy Corky …

              Both of those things are true … Pigs on Conservation land … and without pigs someone is deprived of food …

  3. Grimm

     /  June 25, 2018

    Maybe the Mexicans will pay for this fence?

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    • Corky

       /  June 25, 2018

      Ha Ha…but you are right. New Zealanders may actually contribute to a fence that may, at some stage, become a border fence that keeps them from parts of their own country.

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      • Grimm

         /  June 25, 2018

        The kids have already been removed by CYFS, so not much left to do?

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 25, 2018

    Obviously the heavily trafficked road will be a gap in the fence that will require continuous trapping to secure. Much of the area is wilderness that will be a challenge to clear of pests in the first place. I think it is a plan worthy of some scepticism.

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