The Central Waikato Predator Free Hub (CWPFH) is a coalition of groups and agencies working towards predator-free outcomes for the central Waikato region.

The Hub aims to improve the effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the community groups working for predator control in central Waikato through improving funding opportunities, building people power and collaborating on planning and impact assessment. Membership of the coalition is open to any hapū, iwi, group, agency or collective that shares the vision and working principles of CWPFH. The CWPFH is a Go Eco project supported by a steering group.

Coordination and support at a landscape scale is crucial for Predator Free groups to achieve their mahi and reach their goals.

Our geographic scope is centred on the Hamilton basin, which is broadly bounded by the Hākarimata Ranges to the northwest, Pirongia to the southwest, and the Kaimai Ranges to the east. 


The CWPFH team

Karen, the Predator Free Activator for the Central Waikato Region, is the main point of contact for Predator Free groups to connect, collaborate and receive support. This includes:

  • Connecting them to experts for best practice, linking to other restoration groups and agencies
  • Collaborating with other predator-free groups to share knowledge and skills, advocating the ‘why’ behind the mahi and showcasing successes, or  
  • Offering support through workshops and events, sharing of resources, the collective buying power of supplies, and development of systems and templates. 

The Predator Free Activator is funded by the Predator Free New Zealand Trust.

Other team members can support PF groups with funding and strategic development as well as admin support.  This is made possible by the Environmental Initiatives Fund (EIF) from Waikato Regional Council (WRC).


  • Number of groups:


    There are approximately 60 public and private sites actively and regularly managed by volunteer trappers across the region.

  • Number of traps:


    There are over 3000 traps  primarily to target the main predators to our native fauna (rats, stoats and possums).  Weasels, ferrets, hedgehogs and feral cats may also be trapped by groups.

  • Pests trapped:


    Most trapping results are recorded using the app by groups.  To date over 15,500 pests (and counting!) have been trapped by these groups.

Predator Free Groups

From community-wide initiatives to grassroots neighbourhood efforts, a variety of trapping networks operate throughout the Central Waikato region. Whether you’re keen to join an established team or are interested in spearheading a new trapping network in an area not yet covered, we’re here to support you every step of the way! 

You can contact us directly to start a new group in your area or contact one of the established groups. Email: Karen-

  • Bush to Burbs

    A rural landscape project protecting the spillover of birds from
    Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to Cambridge. This community driven
    project encourages landowners to undertake trapping on their own
    properties with funding for traps from the Natural Heritage Fund
    (Waikato Regional Council).  Email

  • The Fairfield Project

    The Fairfield Project is an urban biodiversity and gully restoration
    project centered in the diverse community of Fairfield in Hamilton. Our
    ongoing kaupapa is to provide educational opportunities for all ages
    alongside the restoration of the culturally and ecologically significant
    Kukutaaruhe Gully. Email

  • Friends of Barrett Bush

    Barrett Bush Reserve is one of the disestablished Tui 2000 Inc projects.
    The bush is enhanced and maintained by a dedicated group of around 10
    Friends of Barrett Bush. The 5ha reserve is located at Koromatua south
    west of Hamilton and is a lowland forest remnant surrounded in farmland.

  • Friends of Mangaonua

    Our aim is to support the work of Hamilton City Council and Ngāti Hauā
    Mahi Trust in the restoration of the native plants and animals of the
    gully. Our vision is to help bring back the original plant biodiversity,
    create a habitat for creatures and a nice place for people. Email Tracey

  • Friends of Seeley Gully

    Seeley Gully Trust lead an informal network of mostly locals who
    treasure a special inner city gully of native trees. The gully was
    gifted to the people of Hamilton by Dr Alwyn J Seeley. Hamilton City
    Council are the primary carers and the Friends of Seeley Gully and the
    Trustees do a range of additional work to enhance the restoration
    efforts. Email Neville Robertson

  • Kakepuku Mountain Conservation Society (DoC)

    The Kakepuku Mountain Conservation Society was established in 1995 and
    consists of highly dedicated volunteers who engage in pest management
    activities throughout the year to reduce the impact of pests on the
    forest and native bird populations on Kakepuku. Email

  • Mangaiti Gully

    The goal is to restore the native flora of upper Mangaiti Gully,
    Hamilton, New Zealand, back to pre European status and to sustainably
    manage it in such a way that native fauna will re establish, either
    naturally or by introduction. Email</a >

  • Mangakotukutuku Gully

    The Mangakotukutuku gully is one of the four major gully systems in
    Kirikiriroa, running through Glenview/ Melville. The vision for this
    gully is to create an environment rich in native biodiversity, weekly
    working bees focus on restoration and predator control. Email Aimee

  • National Wetland Trust

    The National Wetland Trust plans to build a state-of-the-art
    interpretation centre, at Rotopiko/Lake Serpentine, with research and
    educational facilities, wetland gardens, heritage trails and a pest-free
    wildlife haven. Pest eradication and habitat restoration has begun to
    create a safe haven for native wildlife, including North Island
    fernbird, spotless crake, Australasian bittern and long-tailed bats.

  • New Zealand Forest Restoration Trust

    The Native Forest Restoration Trust is dedicated to protecting New
    Zealand’s native forests and wetlands. Not just for today, but for
    generations to come. The Trust was formed in 1980 when a group of people
    got together to protest the felling of giant totara in Pureora Forest.
    Our ethos remains the same as it was back then – if we all come
    together, we can achieve extraordinary things. And we have achieved
    extraordinary things. Today, the Trust manages over 8,000 hectares of
    reserves, protected forever for all New Zealanders to enjoy. Email Mike

  • Predator Free Cambridge

    Providing support to Cambridge residents to remove introduced predators
    from their backyards. Traps can be purchased from the Cambridge i-site.
    There are over 20 traplines around public reserves and walkways with
    almost 70 volunteer trappers involved to remove rats, stoats and possums
    to help protect the pekapeka (bats) and other native species in the
    area. Email Karen

  • Predator Free Hakiramata

    This group has been set up by community members concerned about the
    degraded condition of the Hakarimata ranges. Our aim is to protect our
    native Flora & Fauna by removing introduced predators: rats,
    possums, mustelids, wild cats from the maunga. Email Greg

  • Predator Free Matamata

    Predator Free Matamata was formed to support the goals of Predator Free
    New Zealand to eradicate pests such as rats, stoats, possums, weasels
    and ferrets from New Zealand by 2050 and thereby protect our native
    forests, birds, lizards and bats. Email

  • Predator Free Morrinsville

    Following the recent discovery of pekapeka-tou-roa (native long-tailed
    bats) in Morrinsville; a community network is being established to help
    give them and other native wildlife a fighting chance against predators.
    Email Norm Mason

  • Predator Free Mystery Creek

    A Community Hub for predator control in the Mystery Creek area for
    neighbours of Mystery Creek. Email Janine

  • Predator Free Pirongia

    A local dedicated group of volunteers managing their traplines along
    Pirongia Esplanade and Mātakitaki pā. Email

  • Predator Free Tamahere

    Helping our community remove possums, rats and stoats from the Tamahere
    rohe to increase indigenous birds, insects and plants. Predator Free
    Tamahere acknowledges Ngāti Hauā as mana whenua of this area. Email

  • Predator Free Te Awamutu (and Kihikihi)

    Predator free Te Awamutu, aiming to clear the mangapiko of rats and
    other areas, encourage backyard trapping and record stats on birdlife
    and catches. Email

  • Predator Free Te Miro.

    A group undertaking predator control in the Te Miro Mountain Bike Park.
    Email Jude Tisdall

  • Piako Catchment Forum

    Piako Catchment Forum is a community led group focused on the
    restoration of the Piako Catchment and its local community. We believe
    in open communication, networking and education which uphold the
    mana/integrity of our natural environment and community. Email

  • Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society

    Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society Inc was formed as a result
    of community interest in the ecological restoration of Mt Pirongia. It
    evolved from a joint Department of Conservation and community focus
    group (set up in 1997). Email

  • Pest Free Riverlea

    A group based in and around Riverlea that cares for the local
    environment. Email Justine

  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

    Sanctuary Mountain is an ecosanctuary home to many of New Zealand’s most
    endangered native species. Email

  • Taiea Te Taiao Ecological Corridor

    The Pirongia to Maungatautari ecological corridor project – Taiea te
    Taiao Mā Mangapiko, mai i Maungatautari ki Pirongia ahu ake – Cherish
    the environment following the Mangapiko, from Maungatautari to Pirongia
    and beyond. Email Bexie

  • Te Kowhai Community Group

    A group to enhance the social, physical, environmental and cultural
    well-being of the residents of the wider Te Kowhai community. Email

  • Te Pahu Landcare Group

    Vision: To protect and enhance Te Pahū’s natural indigenous environment
    and recreational opportunities through community awareness and
    involvement for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone. Email Nardene

  • Transformation from the Roots Up

    The group meets on a regular basis to undertake various environmental
    conservation activities within the park to recreate a ‘Kahikatea forest’
    e.g. planting native plants, releasing planted plants, mulching. They
    are working with the local community i.e. Kirikiriroa Marae, Knighton
    school, and other volunteers to plant and establish a mixed podocarp
    forest (kahikatea, matai, rimu, totara etc.) as part of the ‘bush
    corridor’ linking the city to the river. Email Shepard

  • Wrights Bush Restoration Group

    A small remnant of native bush being restored by local landowners.
    Email Rob & Wendy Hos


Getting started


Before you begin trapping it’s always a good idea to know what you are trapping for and the best methods to catch them.
DoC’s Practical guide to trapping provides up-to-date knowledge on pest behaviour, trap specifications and trapping methods. 

For assistance in using kill traps have a read of Bionet’s kill-trap guide 

For more species specific trapping information regarding specific animals, check out the guides on:

Check out the Predator Free New Zealand Trust season trapping calendar to let you know how to tailor your trapping to seasonal and environmental changes

Where can I get a trap? 

Grab a trap in-store at Go Eco in Frankton, Hamilton or shop online here. We provide a variety of traps to help catch rats, stoats, weasels, hedgehogs and possums!


If you’re interested in using toxins on PRIVATE property, check out the following information from Predator Free NZ here. This covers a summary of toxins  available for public purchase and how to SAFELY use bait and bait stations.  

For some more in depth information, check out the guides on vertebrate toxin guide using toxic bait and a how-to on using bait stations

ALWAYS read the health and safety and toxicity information for your personal and environmental safety!

Recording catches

Trap.NZ is the most commonly used national platform to record catches, bait take, biodiversity monitoring and more! It’s important to consistently make these recordings to determine the monitoring and effectiveness of trapping and toxins  .This  in turn assists with evidence-based decision making for further planning and allocation of resources. 

To register and add yourself on the website follow this link: then add yourself to the Central Waikato Predator Free Hub project or find your local group to join their project

The following are some Trap.NZ guides to assist you with getting set up and using the app: Getting started & Administration

Starting a new group

If you’re interested in starting your own trapping group, please contact our Predator Free Activator Karen Barlow at for assistance and support. 

Also check out the Group Toolkit by Predator Free NZ

This guide covers: getting started, management and communication, fundraising, funding and grants, governance and adding your group to the national map.


Our Partners


Thanks to those who provide money for a specific purpose


Thanks to those who contribute to our mahi


Thanks to those work with us

DoC, NZ Autotraps, Connovations, Envirotools, Key Industries, & NZ Landcare Trust


We are always looking for more partners for the Central Waikato Predator Free Hub and our groups’ mahi.  Please get in touch if you would like to work with us.  Email




Karen Barlow