Pest Free Onetahua is an ecological project of international significance. The dynamic and diverse landscape is like no other, with thousands of migratory birds and endangered flora and fauna calling it home. It is also of great cultural and spiritual significance to Manawhenua ki Mohua as o te wairua o ngā tangata o te Waipounamu – the place where the spirits depart.
Leading the way in large-scale pest eradication on a mainland setting, this project will lay a foundation for a thriving wildlife habitat rich in Māori traditions and ancestral stories. We will return nature to Onetahua and create a haven for the translocation of endangered bird species.
Onetahua is a wetland of international significance. A critical stopover for migrating wader birds, it gained international status as a Ramsar site in 1976. Predators threaten many of these birds and other native species - we want them gone and we’re not alone. We're part of a growing nationwide movement to eradicate predators and return habitats to their rightful owners - our native tāonga.
Predator Free 2050 is co-funding this project.