Kaitiakitanga means guardianship and protection. It is a way of managing the environment. It's about Thinking Globally and Acting Locally.
Our partnership with the Townbelt Kaitiaki programme, the Dunedin City Council, and City Sanctuary has resumed for this year's Possum trapping season.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) year 1 cohort of students met with Georgina Golling, the Education Coordinator with the Townbelt Kaitiaki programme, to set our monitoring cards to determine the types of pests (Possums, rats, other rodents) that may be in the area. We also undertook a five-minute bird count in the bush to get base-line data to measure the efficacy of our trapping programme.
In July, we will be meeting with trapping contractors to start our training on the use of the traps. The IBDP cohort are enthusiastic about making a difference in our local community.