New automatic rat and stoat traps

Several hundred state of the art self-resetting traps have been installed around the Ohiwa headland thanks to fundraising, grants and donations.

The Ohiwa Headland Sanctuary Trust has installed the Goodnature A24 automatic rat and stoat traps in a bid to control pest populations and protect critically endangered native bird species found in the area.

Chairman of the Trust, Andrew Glaser says the area they're hoping to set up trapping infrastructure on adds up to around 50,000 hectares of land.

He says the traps are innovative and locally made, allowing for each trap to self bait and reload around 24 times before it needs to be reset.

Emma Griffiths