People are encouraged to get out in nature this weekend and learn more about how they can contribute to a beautiful, healthy environment for future generations.
An Eastside Predator Free Trapping Workshop is being held on Sunday at Hannahs Bay Reserve by the boat ramp from 11am to 2pm.
The event will include learning about how to build your own trap, monitoring and trapping in your own backyard, and how to read prints left by predators.
There will be displays from the Department of Conservation and Bay of Plenty Regional Council and information on how people can become a volunteer for the Eastside Predator Free project.
People will also have the opportunity to set traps through the Hannahs Bay wetland and reserve with one of the head trappers.
Te Pae Akurangi-Fitzell, Tatau Pounamu collective Pou Ao, says they are trapping for predators such as rats, mice and stoats which are having an huge impact on native birds.
Te Pae encourages people to come along because it is a way they can help with restoring the natural environment.
"Hannahs Bay is such a special place to our community... and it's a great way to meet new people passionate about our environment.
Anyone can turn up on the day - young and old - and there will be activities for children and a free sausage sizzle.
There will be giveaways throughout the day, including from sponsors Rotorua Canopy Tours and Redwoods Tree Walk.
She says they are also hoping to get some keen local volunteers on board to help them out.
"I think that our papatūānuku needs our help, and we can all contribute in some way to looking after papatuanuku better so it's here for future generations.
The Eastside Predator Free project was started by the Tatau Pounamu Collective, which has been in existence for six years and is currently in its seventh.
Te Pae says The Eastside Community Collective was renamed Tatau Pounamu after its strategic plan. The name means "safe haven".
"It is our community vision that every environment - home, workplace, school, natural world - is a healthy environment, and we are encouraging other community groups to do the same with the goal of making Rotorua a child-friendly city."
She says from the collective's strategy an Environmental Plan was drawn up, and from that the need to have another barrier in place to help stop incursions of rats and mice on Mokoia Island, which is a wildlife sanctuary for native fauna and flora.
This is how the predator free initiative, starting with Hannahs Bay, began.
She says they want to extend the initiative to schools, and Rotokawa School, Lynmore School, Mokoia School and Owhata School are all involved in the project.
Te Pae says it is important the community gets involved with the environmental plan too, and that there is a lot people can help with.
"Whether you want to help set traps, check traps, plant trees, help with bird counts, support our tech and data collection, or promotion, we welcome our community's help.
"We are also asking any local businesses who are keen to come on board as a supporter or sponsor.
"Just imagine how beautiful our rohe would be with an abundance of native trees and birds. That's what we are going to see in the very near future as a result of this project."
To find out more you can email Te Pae at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What: Eastside Predator Free Trapping Workshop
- When: Sunday, 11am to 2pm
- Where: Hannahs Bay Reserve
- Cost: Free