Predator-Free Programme

Tui bird
We are looking for volunteers who are passionate about our environment.  

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.

About the Programme

NPDC runs the programme in the city’s urban parks and green spaces (about 100 different areas). This programme is a segment of the Predator-Free Taranaki programme which was launched in May 2018 and has the aim of making Taranaki the first predator-free region in New Zealand. NPDC has 1,319 traps in public parks and reserves with almost 1,918 rat catches recorded by the end of December 2020. NPDC’s predator-free community currently has about 50 volunteers who check and reset traps around urban parks and green spaces, however, they 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.

A word from our volunteers:

“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.”

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 Laura a call on 06-759 6060, email, or fill out the form below.