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Pest Free Auckland 2050

Keeping Auckland’s natural environment thriving is vital to the health and wellbeing of the region’s people, culture and economy.

What is Pest Free Auckland 2050?

Pest Free Auckland is a community-led conservation programme facilitated by us.

It has three goals:

  • eradicate - remove pest animals, plants and pathogens
  • restore - restore and connect ecosystems and introduce native species
  • tell stories - showcase community action and celebrate success.

The Mayoral Conservation Awards

We encourage community-led conservation projects that protect and enhance the environment, as a part of working towards a pest free Auckland.

Nominations are now open for the Mayoral Conservation Awards, to help you get your project off the ground. There are six categories for entry:

  • eradication
  • restoration
  • innovation
  • collaboration
  • individual
  • schools/education.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 13 August 2018. We will announce the finalists in September.

For more information, email pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

​Get a copy of the nomination guide

How to apply

 Online

 By post

​Post the form to:

The Mayoral Conservation Awards

Private Bag 92300
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

​Pest Free Auckland 2050 actions

The programme will help direct conservation action to:

  • islands
  • peninsulas
  • open sanctuaries
  • green corridors (both rural and urban) that will connect nature across Auckland.

We will do this through partnerships and relationships with:

  • community groups
  • mana whenua
  • landowners and households
  • schools
  • Department of Conservation
  • business and philanthropic sectors.

To help Auckland become pest free, we will:

  • provide technical advice, best practice guides, and access to funding support to help build the capacity of community groups, iwi, and landowners to carry out conservation action
  • work with the Department of Conservation to align our programmes with community action
  • carry out our obligations as described in the Regional Pest Management Plan and the Indigenous Biodiversity Strategy.
  • identify biodiversity focus areas to ensure each of the native ecosystem types in the region, remains in a functioning state
  • maintain pest control and restoration programmes in parks, and expand sanctuaries to match park boundaries
  • continue to focus on high priority ecosystems (such as the Waitakere and Hunua Ranges regional parks)
  • support landowners and communities to restore and connect areas.

Contact the Biosecurity team at biosecurity@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or the Biodiversity team biodiversity@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for further information.

 

What can I do?

Identify and control pests yourself

Join a Pest Free Auckland 2050 community group 

To find a pest control community group you can join, see the Nature Space website.

For volunteering opportunities on local or regional parks, see Volunteer in our parks.

Follow community projects that you can get involved in on the Auckland Biodiversity Facebook page.

 

Pest Free Auckland 2050 newsletter

Subscribe to our regular e-newsletter and keep up to date with the Pest Free Auckland activities.

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