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Waikanae joins the war on rats

Jean Fleming and Pam Sinclair are on a mission to rid Waikanae of rats. As part of the newly formed Waikanae Rat Pack, they have enlisted the help of the Kāpiti Menzshed, in Waikanae Beach to build affordable and effective traps for Waikanae households.

The pair is starting by targeting Peka Peka, the Kohekohe/Ngarara area, Patterson Grove/Richmond/Leybourne St, with a flyer drop advertising the traps. The Old Beach Waikanae area is being separately covered by another initiative by Charles Norwood.

The Waikanae group is part of a wider Kāpiti Rat Pack, whose vision is to make Kāpiti predator free by 2050.  This group combines other Rat Packs in Paekākāriki and Raumati. The original Paekākāriki Rat Pack was the brainchild of Geoff Osgood, as part of a Paekākāriki Greener Neighbourhood group, and the vision of the Kāpiti Biodiversity Project whose aim is to create a predator free ‘Kāpiti Mainland Island’, spanning from Queen Elizabeth Park down to Pukerua Bay. In 2016 the Raumati Rat Pack was formed, driven by members of the Raumati Residents Association to combat predators on the north side of Queen Elizabeth park.

Each group has focused targeting their individual areas, encouraging neighbours to set up traps in their back yard, achieving the dual benefit of ridding pests from households while working towards achieving a predator free zone. It’s estimated that this is possible to achieve if one in five households have a trap set.

The Waikanae Rat Pack are offering wooden tunnels, containing a Victor Professional rat trap for a donation, and tunnel traps containing the SnapE mouse and rat traps on a tray for easy removal for $25. Both have trapping instructions provided. There is also a possibility of a workshop at the Menzshed, where people can make their own traps for the cost of the materials.

If you would like to buy at trap, contact Pam Sinclair on 04 905 7790 or Jean Fleming on treetops139@gmail.com.  Or if you’d like to encourage your own neighbourhood to become predator free, contact the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for more information and support to arrange a trap building workshop in your area.