The Treasure Islands Story

Treasure islands story

Above: Brian Shields and 'Tui', Jeff Cook, Mayor Len Brown, and Fin Buchanan with 'Pai' at a celebration of the Treasure islands campaign.

Treasure islands is a conservation campaign run jointly by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council (AC).

Our joint effort is to ensure our beautiful gulf islands remain pest-free, enabling native wildlife to live peacefully and flourish, for all of us to enjoy.

In the photo above you will notice the specially trained pest-detection dogs. These fantastic little animals can detect pests like rodents, stoats, feral cats, hedgehogs etc. Auckland Council's Brian Shields (on the left) has the ONLY dog in the world trained to locate Argentine ants - his name is 'Rhys Jones'. 'Tui' shown here with Brian, is a rodent-detection dog.

Campaign background
The campaign traces its roots to early pest-free work done in the 1990s by DOC and the Auckland Regional Council (ARC), to protect the Hauraki Gulf from a range of predators.

It became obvious a joint venture was required to achieve mutual aims - with both parties acknowledging the Gulf's precious treasures or "taonga".

The campaign is funded by the New Zealand public through rates and taxes, and officially comes under legislation governing DOC's Island Biosecurity Plan and the Biosecurity Act 1993, the Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy and the Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area for the Auckland Council.

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