Operational Programme


Sanctuary Operational Plan 2024


  • Maintaining plant and animal pests at zero to low densities and monitor outcomes.
  • Refine station maintenance, clear vegetation, use lures, keep level
  • Rat tracking tunnel average of less than 10% – monitor impact reduced check times. Coordinate monitoring times with moon phase
  • Establish pig monitoring programme
  • Plan for electronic monitoring of cat traps
  • Undertake training and WH Sanctuary bird count Nov/Dec
  • Establish mice trapping programme at Benthorn
  • Freshwater stream monitoring training and monitor – winter- Taryn/Lou
  • Focus weed programme around dwellings
  • Tracks cleared and operational – catch up track maintenance
  • Plastic reduction – renew all Sanctuary route markers with permanent tree triangles & rename all routes

Pest Managed Areas

  • Rat/mice management programme – monthly perimeter station checks in LWH, BHB, BW, TR, and RB.  Quarterly checks on internal tracks for all areas
  • Trap bait – to limit bait take from ants over summer months use macadamia nuts or licorice.
  • Aim to achieve rat tracking tunnel annual average of 10% or less. Record all catches of mice, kiore, or ship rat on Trap NZ and WH record.
  • Review and adapt management in PMAs with highest TT index
  • Replace missing traps in all areas
  • Establish bait depots for each area


Ratio Trap/Bait

Diphacenone Bait Weight

Check Internal Track

Perimeter Track




50/50 I & P


Mar, June, Sept, Dec





50/50 I & P


Feb, May, Aug, Nov



100% traps




100% bait I

50/50 P


Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct


+Traps Aug

+Treebait May


100% bait I

50/50 P


Feb, May, Aug, Nov


+Traps Aug

+Treebait May


50/50 Tree Baits


Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

Twice Jan/Feb


50/50 I & P


Mar, June, Sept, Dec


Little Windy Hill (LWH)

– 50% stations in 100 grams of diphacenone, 50% traps at 25m spacing on tracks. Checks monthly perimeter – Internals – Mar, June, Sept, Dec.

Objective – Keep tracking tunnels below 10%

Benthorn Farm Bush (BHB)

– 50% traps, 50 % x 100 grams diphacenone at 25m spacing on tracks. Checks monthly perimeter – Internals – Feb, May, Aug, Nov.

Objective – Keep tracking tunnels below 10%

Benthorn Farm Paddock (BHP)

– 100% traps at 25m spacing – fortnightly check

Objective – maintain low tracking tunnel rates with trapping only. Managed by Landowners.

Rosalie Bay (RB)

– Internal tracks 100% 100 grams diphacenone at 25 m spacing checked – Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct. Perimeter track 50 % traps, 50% 100 grams diphacenone at 25 m spacing checked monthly.

Objective – Keep tracking tunnels below 10%.

Big Windy (BW)

– Internal tracks 100% 100 grams diphacenone at 25 m spacing checked – Feb, May, Aug, Nov. Perimeter track 50 % traps, 50% 100 grams diphacenone at 25 m spacing checked monthly.

Objective – Keep tracking tunnels below 10%.

Taumata (T)

50% stations 100gram diphacenone tree bait stations and 50% Max Supervisor traps – checked – Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct.

Tryphena Ridge (TR)

– 50 % stations in 100 grams Diphacenone internal and perimeter plus 50% traps at 25m spacing on internal tracks, 12.5m spacing on perimeter tracks – -Checked Mar, June, Sept, Dec.

Other Pests


Maintain pressure on pig densities. Report pig sign to Dean and hunting as soon as possible after sighting. Tie down all stations to reduce impact of feral pigs.

Pig Monitoring Programme – develop an understanding of pig activity in the Sanctuary area

Establish camera array April & October for two weeks to gauge pig activity

Establish monitoring of selected tracks and recording of pig activity twice yearly – summer and winter

Record sightings and fresh rooting evidence throughout the year using gps and photographs – note preferred spots


Record cat culls on Auckland Council Ruru data base

Undertake the 6 cat runs twice times a year (more if capacity allows)

Camouflage traps, cover bottom of taps with vegetation/dirt

Drag rabbit around cat run creating scent lure

Replace broken traps with new double ended design or other spare cat traps

Use fat and Scented flour to lure cats to traps


February (or when clear wasps are active) – activate 420 wasp stations for period of 3 days then repeat in 1 week.

Report wasp’s nests on a sheet and treat with Carbaryl.

Weeds – Designated weed team to catch up on weed programme

Record weeds on Auckland Council Ruru data base

Weed training for team with Jordan – put up weed chart in shed.

Follow up on weeds identified in Auck Council Weed Survey. Find and remove.

Team weed blitz at John S / Benthorn – March.

Check plectranthus and aristea from (around A frame)

Remove/spray/treat all known weeds – pampas, aristea, watsonia, mexican daisy, mexican devilweed, plectranthus, cape gooseberry, agapanthus, wattle.


Rat Tracking Tunnels 4 x per annum

160 tracking tunnels – 120 in Managed area – 40 in unmanaged area

Monitor overnight in Feb, May, Aug, and November in tune with moon phase on that month.

Tryphena Ridge – relocate TT line from on track. Reduce to 5 in TR and other five to Control site on Station Rock track.


November/December – WH Sanctuary bird monitor – training John Ogden.

December – participate in island wide bird monitoring programme.

Weta, Lizard, Invertebrate, Seedlings

Monitor 40 Lizard, and 10 Weta motels in May and November. Count and identify invertebrates in Lizard motels.

Report all chevron skink sightings and location, GPS if possible.


Silvereye Protection trial – close traps over spring. Keep data on trap deaths.

Double Tap blocks – BW May.

Field Maintenance

Track Clearing – Finish LW, then BW and RB – priorities.

Replace broken traps or boxes. Tie down.

Carry out rope audit of existing ropes and replace ropes that are old.

Clear farm track Taumata – October – check still required.

Wet Weather Work – packing and unpacking bait. Dating traps. Cleaning buckets.

Station maintenance – check all stations are level, and free of vegetation.

Field Base

Maintain shed in orderly and efficient manner.

Maintain personal field gear – use dubbin on boots, spray jackets and pants with weather proofing.

Ensure cell phones charged every day.

Daily field team location board kept up to date.

First aid kits up to date and taken in backpacks.

Chainsaws and trimmer kept maintained.

Up to date inventory to ensure timely ordering of new equipment.

Rubbish disposed of. Old bait in composting worm farms.


  • Outdoor First Aid Course – Corey Refresher required.
  • Chainsaw and Growsafe course as required.
  • Monthly toolbox meeting – 1st Mon or Tues of every month.
  • Bi-Monthly OSH Hazard review and Emergency Procedure refresh.
  • Complete low risk accident ledger for all non-serious accidents.
  • Ensure accident forms are completed if required.

Team Building

  • Monthly after work drinks
  • Mid-year dinner
  • Open dialogue – everyone has something of value to offer
  • Blitzes all working together – weeds
  • Taking and sharing photos.

Our Partners & Sponsors

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Auckland Council
Scott Macindoe Education Trust
Living Simply
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