Kiwi communities doing their bit to protect our native wildlife

Our native species are under threat from introduced predators. Over 80% of our native birds are in trouble and if we don’t do something about it, many will be lost forever. At Kiwibank, we’ve partnered with the Predator Free New Zealand Trust (PFNZ) to support communities to trap predators in their own backyards and create safe havens for our native species.


Supporting Predator Free New Zealand

This partnership has seen selected communities receive subsidised trapping equipment and support to get a backyard trapping programme established. Our goal is to get a trap in every 5th backyard in neighbourhoods across New Zealand who want to make their community predator free.

Watch the video below to find out more about our partnership with Predator Free New Zealand.


Predator Free communities

Our programme started in 2016 and we now support 45 communities across New Zealand who are running backyard trapping programmes. We are constantly bowled over by the communities’ enthusiasm and commitment to creating a community where our native birds, lizards, insects, bats and frogs can flourish.

Read more about our Kiwibank communities

Predator Free schools

Kiwi kids and teachers were looking for a way to make a real difference in their own backyard. In 2017 we answered their call with the launch of the inaugural Predator Free Schools Programme.

Kids care a great deal about their environment and are passionate about protecting New Zealand’s native species. Through our programmes kids are learning what species are in their school and communities and how they can help protect them.

Read more about the programme

Join the fight to protect what’s ours

There are plenty of ways to get involved and make a difference in your own backyard. You could join a local community group or you could buy a trap and get trapping in your own backyard. Who knows, you might be the start of the next predator free community.

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