Pest Free Onetahua is a ground-up programme sparked by the local community for the benefit of our unique local environment and its people. As part of the Jobs for Nature programme, the project is poised to become a significant job creator in the region. Local support is critical to our success. We are working with the community to help us design and roll out the programme.
Home to thousands of birds, Onetahua is a wetland of international significance. A critical stopover for migrating wader birds, it gained international status as a Ramsar site in 1976. You can read more about that here.
Predators threaten many of these birds and other native species. We want to remove them and we’re not alone. We are part of a growing nationwide movement that seeks to eradicate wildlife endangering predators and return habitats to their rightful owners, our native wildlife - our taonga. Predator Free 2050 is co-funding many other eradication projects around the country.
Pest Free Onetahua is a partnership between Tasman Environmental Trust and Manawhenua Ki Mohua, working with local landowners, businesses and the residents of Golden Bay.