Predator-Free Programme

Help restore native birdsong back to the streets of New Plymouth.

Can you help check traps in a local park or walkway? Or lead the efforts in your neighbourhood? We'd love to hear from you.

  • Stay active.
  • Get in the bush.
  • Give back to the community.
  • Be part of the community restoring native plants and wildlife to urban areas.
Laura trapping.

About the programme

NPDC runs the urban programme for the city’s urban parks and green spaces (about 100 different areas). This programme is a segment of the "Towards Predator-Free Taranaki" programme run by TRC. This project was launched in May 2018 and has the aim of making Taranaki the first predator-free region in New Zealand. NPDC has over 1,500 traps in public parks and reserves with our volunteers recording over 200 rats caught in 2020. We currently have about 90 volunteers who check and reset traps around urban parks and green spaces, however, we need more people power to help protect our native plants and wildlife. 

There is no set time commitment needed or special skills required – just a passion for the project and our environment.

“It’s great to be working with the community, caring for our environment.”

“People are very keen to help protect our native plants and wildlife, especially areas near their own homes.”

“The more volunteers we have, the faster we’ll see more native wildlife and healthier plants as we work towards a Predator-Free Taranaki.”

A word from our volunteers

Volunteer for NPDC's urban predator-free programme

If you’re interested in volunteering, or would like to find out more, give our friendly Parks volunteer officer Jenaya a call on 06 759 6060, email, or fill out the form below.

Trap in your backyard 

You can pick up subsidised $10 rat trap that is safe around pets and children from our Civic Centre or from any of the locations listed on the Towards Predator Free Taranaki website

Volunteer profiles