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.

The group which operates in Matamata, Waikato and the surrounding district is open to all. Please complete the registration form by following the link below so we can assist you to get going.

Our Area

We operate in Matamata, Waikato and the surrounding district including Waharoa, Walton, and the Kaimai Range


We remove mustelids, possums, rats, mice, and hedgehogs

Native Birds

We encourage kererū, tūi, pekapeka, tīwaiwaka, kākā


We have meetings approximately monthly, usually at the Matamata RSA. These will be posted on our email list and our Facebook group.

Share news of your progress with other members on our Facebook group, and like our public Facebook page.

Providing traps, keeping track

Our members build, place, bait, and maintain traps.

We have 157 traps of various types and are always building and placing more. Let us know if you would like to host a trap on your property.

In 2021 -- our first year -- we trapped 31 rats, 44 possums, and 7 hedgehogs.

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Supported by the Matamata community

Our community has supported us greatly, from neighbours allowing us to trap on their properties, as well as companies providing materials and supplies.

Our first set of rat traps were provided by Mitre 10. Rex Butterworth from LJ Hooker gave us corflute to be recycled into trapping tunnels. Pic's Peanut Butter provided their finest bait for our rat traps.

Thank you to our wonderful community.

Ready to get started? Join us now!

Fill out our form or email [email protected]. We will be in touch.

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We align with the goals of Predator Free NZ.