I have a strong lifelong attachment to D’Urville Island. My folks acquired their first parcel of land there the year I was born, and there hasn’t been a break of more than a few months since that I haven’t visited. My wife Karina and I lived on the island for about seven years to give our kids a good start.
We’ve been back permanently now since 2017. We have always attempted to control stoats and similar predators on our land so being part of a stoat eradication trust is a natural progression.
For the last few years I’ve been involved with monitoring and trapping pests around the top of the South Island and am pleased to now be concentrating on doing that on D’Urville. I think it’s great that locals have the opportunity to be involved in such a great cause as eradicating stoats from this special place.