Rat and Possum Numbers Increasing in the Hunua Ranges

Rat and possum numbers in the Hunua Ranges have increased significantly, affecting forests and threatening native species, according to Auckland Council.

Current pest-control methods are no longer effective, so the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee has decided to apply 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) by helicopter.

Treatment areas for the carefully planned operation include the Hunua Ranges, Waharau and Whakatīwai regional parks, and some adjoining Department of Conservation and private land.

Visit our Hunua Project page for more information.

Hunua Ranges Project: What you need to know

  • 1080 is deadly; children and dogs are particularly at risk.
  • Watch children at all times and do not allow them to touch or eat bait.
  • Supervise dogs and prevent scavenging until the caution period is lifted.
  • Do not touch bait.
  • Do not eat animals from the area.
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