Published: 31 July, 2020

Aorere Predator Control - Notification of Imminent Commencement of Aerial Prefeed Application

25 July 2020
Vector Free Marlborough Limited (VFML) wishes to advise landowners and other interested parties that it will be commencing the aerial application of non-toxic prefeed bait to the Aorere portion of the Kahurangi predator control project area from dawn on 27/07/2020.
The aerial application of non-toxic prefeed bait is expected to take up to two days to complete subject to weather.  Should conditions on the day prove unsuitable, work will begin on the first fine day thereafter.  Further notification will be provided in the event of an extended delay occurring.
Non-toxic prefeed bait will be aerially applied onto the following walking tracks in the operational area:

  • Heaphy Track between Aorere road-end and Lewis Hut
  • Shakespeare Flat Track

All tracks will remain open for public use while prefeeding takes place, but the track users should exercise care when aircraft pass overhead as bait may be aerially sown without warning.  As a precaution do not look up when aircraft are passing overhead.
The Aorere operation is being carried out on behalf of the Department of Conservation as part of its Tiakina Ngā Manu programme to control a range of introduced predators threatening vulnerable native species.  These species include whio, rock wren, kea, kaka, great spotted kiwi, Powelliphanta snails and long-tailed bats.  Additional information and maps of the project area may be obtained from the DOC and VFML websites or by contacting VFML per the details below.
Further notification will be provided prior to the aerial application of toxin beginning.
For more information please contact:
Operation Controller - Aorere
Vector Free Marlborough Limited
PO Box 5171, Springlands, Blenheim 7241
Free phone:  0508 548 008
Vector Free Marlborough Limited (VFML) is proud to work alongside the Department of Conservation to deliver the 2019/20 Kahurangi project.  To learn more about our work please visit the VFML website.
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