Provide education and reminders about predator-free initiatives
Why – The New Zealand coastlines are recognised as some of the most beautiful in the world. Enormous sums of money and countless hours of work go into protecting New Zealand’s predator-free islands from the devastating effects of pest species. These islands are also used as sanctuaries to establish breeding programmes for endangered birds such as kiwi, black robin, weka and many more needing protection.
Unfortunately, pests can and sometimes do make it to our pest-free islands. These destructive pests often get to islands by stowing away on (or in) your shoes or gear, on your vessel or kayak or in freight goods, building materials, vehicles and plants. Pests such as rats, mice, Argentine ants and plague skinks injure and kill our native wildlife and compete for their food. Invasive weeds can alter the habitat that wildlife needs to survive. Soil may contain plant diseases like kauri dieback, which is killing our kauri forests.
The risk of predators and pests being introduced to these islands is increasing with more traffic, so it’s vital boaties are reminded of their responsibilities to guard against threats to these islands.
How – Provide educational reminders in posters, newsletters or social media to prompt members to be vigilant and abide by environmental rules when travelling to protected islands.
Be part of the solution. Create awareness and understanding by connecting with the Department of Conservation or local island community groups to organise a club volunteer day on a local island. Remember, islands that aren’t yet pest free need help too.
Give reminders of the precautions people need to take when organising a club rally to an island destination.
Your club could sponsor a particular project on an island that is a frequent anchorage spot for your members. This not only helps the project but also increases awareness and creates a greater sense of stewardship for your members.