Predator Free 2050 is an ambitious goal announced by the Government in 2016. It aims to rid New Zealand of the most invasive pests (possums, rats and stoats), decimating our unique wildlife and wilderness areas. Ōhope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park (OBHP) is proud to join the many initiatives nationwide to help make this vision a reality.
On 14 August 2019, we met with HALO Whakatāne a community led project with a vision of creating an ‘Unfenced Sanctuary in the heart of the Eastern Bay of Plenty’. Mark and Bridget talked about opportunities for a trapping network in and around the park and discussed how and where traps could be set up in park and to start our journey towards Predator Free 2050.
With the support of HALO, Ohope Beach TOP 10 will link up with the Ōhope Golf and Lions Club to work together towards protecting our shared local environment from pesky creatures.
The OHBP Kids Club which runs over the summer holiday period will include activities with the Kaitiaki Kadets (through HALO) and will help to promote predator free NZ at a local hands-on level. We propose to include adventure walks including a kiwi and glowworm trail (Fairbrother Loop), shore bird education advocating the need to protect the dotterel nesting area and add insect hunts and bird spotting into our summer Kids Club programme. We plan to hold workshops where children can build wētā hotels, construct traps and perhaps create a lizard garden.
The HALO Whakatāne vision of creating an unfenced sanctuary fits perfectly with the environment and wildlife that we are lucky to have on the Ōhope/Ōhiwa peninsula. Ōhope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is committed to helping restore and protect our native wildlife in and around the park grounds. We have also joined the Predator Free Holiday Parks programme through the Holiday Park Association and will ensure to keep our guests up to date with Predator Free advice and new ideas.