In geologically ancient times, Banks Peninsula was a group of volcanic islands and even now is only connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. That makes the Peninsula of particular interest as a possible trial site for non-fenced mainland predator eradication.
Marie Haley lives in her great grandmother’s house on the Banks
Peninsula land that was first farmed by her French great-great-great
grandfather. It’s on a part of Banks Peninsula known as the ‘Wildside’,
named for its rugged landscape, dramatic cliffs and iconic species of
birds, insects and plants – some of which are not found anywhere else in
New Zealand. It sounds idyllic, but possums, stoats, ferrets, weasels
and feral cats have infiltrated this piece of paradise, just as they
have decimated the rest of New Zealand.