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Wasp Wipeout

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Wasps are NZ's ultimate villain - wreaking havoc on our environment, killing native birds, young bats, insects, lizards and honey bees.

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  Nelson / Tasman

Wasp Wipeout is a community-led conservation project aimed at significantly reducing German and common wasp populations in the worst affected areas of New Zealand this summer.

Alongside our partners (Stuff, the Department of Conservation (DOC), and Conservation Volunteers NZ), The Tasman Environmental Trust helps mobilise the community to donate and volunteer towards significantly reducing invasive wasp populations throughout the top half of the South Island, including Canterbury and the West Coast, Nelson, Tasman and the Marlborough Sounds.

All donations go to the Tasman Environment Trust, which will distribute the funds to purchase bait and bait stations to continue and expand wasp control operations.


Wasp Wipeout began as a pilot project in the Nelson region in 2016, supported by the Nelson Mail and Stuff as well as the Department of Conservation, local conservation groups, businesses scientists and members of the community. In 2017 it expanded to include parts of the Coromandel, Canterbury and the Marlborough Sounds which have high infestations of wasps.

You can read more here:

The Common and German Wasp:

Wasps are New Zealand’s ultimate villain towards humans and nature alike. The species we’re focusing on (German and common) were introduced. They wreak havoc on our environment, killing native birds, young bats, insects, lizards and honey bees. Wasps also feed off honeydew, a valuable food source for native fauna and honey bees. They cost the NZ economy more than $130 million a year.

They also attack, injure, and have been known to kill humans. The biomass (total weight of wasps in Nelson and Tasman) exceeds all other pests in New Zealand, including possums, stoats and rats. There are a million hectares of beech forest in the South Island and over 5, and up to 40, wasp nests per hectare.

About us

We connect people with nature conservation in their communities through offering expertise in the protection, maintenance and restoration of land, freshwater and estuarine natural environments.​ We work collaboratively with the whole community including special interest groups, landowners and businesses in Tasman.

Use of funds

The Tasman Environment Trust will distribute funds to purchase bait and bait stations for wasp control operations in the top half of the South Island.

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Thank you!  28 March 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who has made a donation to Wasp Wipeout for 2019. This work is making such a difference to people's enjoyment of our forests and recreational areas and is so important for the protection of our native species. Thank you all for your generosity and support!

Latest donations

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    Guest Donor on 04 Mar 2019



  • shane

    shane on 01 Mar 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 28 Feb 2019



  • Michael and Karen

    Michael and Karen on 27 Feb 2019



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 26 Feb 2019



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