Native species thrive where we live, work and play

Our Work

From research to teaching and from translocations to pest control, we’re using five key platforms to achieve our vision of seeing native species thrive where we live, work and play.

Click on each work stream title to learn more!

Habitat restoration

Improving whitebait habitat, planting native trees and improving water quality are just three examples of habitat restoration projects in Cape to City. We’re also teaming up with landowners to connect public conservation land and private property to restore habitat corridors.

Pest control

Introduced mammalian pests like rats, stoats, ferrets and feral cats are the fiercest threat to New Zealand’s native species. In order to bring pest numbers down, we’re developing innovative low-cost tools that will make predator control accessible to landowners everywhere.

Species reintroduction

We envision a future in which native birds like whio, kākā and kiwi roam freely across the Cape to City region. Our translocations rely on partnering conservation areas like Poutiri Ao ō Tāne, creating stronger connections across Te Matau a Māui.


From innovative pest control technologies, to monitoring recovery of native species, to understanding what motivates people to get involved with conservation: there's a lot to learn from Cape to City! Numerous scientists from agencies across the country are collaborating on this project to inform the future of conservation efforts in New Zealand.

Community engagement and education

Engaging the Hawke’s Bay community – and New Zealanders in general – is key to the success of Cape to City. We’re bringing our vision to life through education, media and community events. Ready to get involved?

Project management

Interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes? Check out this page for information about Cape to City's governance, project management, and community advisory groups.

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