Welcome to Arapaoa Kiwi
Arapaoa Kiwi is an incredibly ambitious project to eradicate stoats from Arapaoa Island (formerly Arapawa Island) and re-introduce kiwi to the island in the next 5-7 years.
The project commenced in 2021 with the formation of a charitable trust – Arapaoa Kiwi Trust (CC59615) and the formation of a technical advisory group (TAG) of national experts.
With the help of our wonderful funders, we will have installed nearly 500 traps throughout the island by the end of 2023. Over 100 of these traps are distributed in Arapaoa and nearby communities, and are being serviced by landowners. Our 2022 pilot stage consisted 120 traps in the south eastern section of East Bay.
Stage 3 planning is now underway. This will aim to maximise our coverage of traps on the island so we can start having a real affect on the stoat population of the whole island. Stage 3 is planned to have 400 traps, consisting of DOC150 traps and Goodnature A24 traps.
Along with these new traps, we will also have to continue servicing all the traps from the Pilot programme and Stage 2. With Stage 3, we will be using some contract trappers for some lines, as there are just too many traps for volunteers. This will bring our trap numbers to around 1000 once installed.
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