March 07, 2019
Iwi takes aim at Mahia possums
Rongomaiwahine has taken on three cadets to work on possum control on Mahia peninsula predator free.
Iwi chair Moana Rongo says they will also also build iwi capability along with broader ecological and social goals.
The positions are funded by the Whakatipu Mahia – Predator Free Mahia project.
After training at Te Mahia, one of the cadets, Michaela King, will work in northern Hawke’s Bay areas important to the hapu represented by Maungaharuru-Tangitu Trust.
Trustee Tania Hopmans says the rohe has been overrun by feral cats, possums and mustelids, and native species have been decimated.
The iwi hope the knowledge gained in Te Mahia can be used to develop a low-cost farmland control and eradication model applicable to other parts of Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand.
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