Cape to City

  • Cape Kidnappers. Image - Richard Brimmer

    Cape Kidnappers. Image - Richard Brimmer

  • Setting a trap. Image - Natalie de Burgh

    Setting a trap. Image - Natalie de Burgh

Native species thrive where we live, work and play

Cape to City is located in Te Matau a Māui/Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. The project covers more than 26,000 hectares (64,247 acres) of land with boundaries extending eastward from the city of Havelock North to the windswept highlands of Cape Kidnappers, and south from Hawke's Bay to Ocean Beach and Waimarama.

Launched in 2015, the project was one of the first  in the country to scale up biodiversity restoration and predator control and their long-term mission is to establish a template for successful predator control that can be used over hundreds of thousands of hectares of farmland. As nearly 70% of New Zealand's landscape is used for primary production this is key to achieving the the goal of making New Zealand predator free by 2050.

The project is on a mission to transform pest management in Hawke's Bay so that native species can be reintroduced into the region. The work  is driven by scientific research achieved through their partnerships with Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua and the Biological Heritage Science Challenge.

Cape to City researchers are developing innovative low-cost tools that will make predator control accessible to landowners everywhere and are at the forefront of pioneering exciting new wireless trapping technologies and motion-sensitive surveillance cameras.

Native species reintroduction, combined with habitat restoration designed to improve land and water quality and establish habitat connections between nature reserves, farms and urban backyards will ensure that a future in which native birds like whio, kākā and kiwi roam freely across the Cape to City region. Monitoring the reintroductions will provide insights into how species establish, the links between different species and their habitat, and what long-term improvements are possible when native species are allowed to flourish.

The project is engaging people through school visits and community events, engaging with hapū and iwi, offering volunteer projects and collaborating with local landowners to ensure the success of Cape to City. Inspiring young people — the future decision-makers of New Zealand — is the goal of Cape to City's dedicated Education team.

Ensuring strong project governance through good project management and a solid structure is helping Cape to City continue to grow.

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