Protecting threatened species, Reducing animal pests & restoring native bio-diversity on Aotea Great Barrier Island.
The Windy Hill Sanctuary and Aotea Community Native Plant Nursery have spent 22 years ecologically restoring the south eastern area of Great Barrier Island.
How We Create Change:
Protecting threatened species - kaka, kereru, pateke, black petrel, grey faced petrel and range of lizards including the rare chevron skink.
Reducing Animal Pests - A comprehensive monitoring programme indicates we are achieving our objectives of reducing plant and animal pests to low densities.
Restoring native biodiversity - This is the largest area of protected land on the island and a key example of the benefits of pest management to the native biodiversity.
Over 300 hectares covenanted with QE II Trust within the 800 hectare Windy Hill Sanctuary.
North Island robins returned to the island after an absence of 140 years.
26 work opportunities created to date with many field team members having come from the pool of unemployed on Island
Over the lifetime of the project we have trapped 59,000 rats, 390 feral cats, 200 feral pigs and removed a range of invasive weeds.
This is a tick the triple bottom line project - conserved ecology, supported local economy, and social benefits created from sustained employment.
THE SANCTUARY AIMS TO SUSTAIN AND IMPROVE BIODIVERSITY IN SOUTH EASTERN AOTEA GREAT BARRIER ISLAND, TO CREATE CONSERVATION BASED EMPLOYMENT, AND TO BE A MODEL OF ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION ON PRIVATE LAND.