Instead of sending them to the landfill, Kāinga Ora worked alongside a local Predator Free group and civils partner McKee Fehl to repurpose the palings.

Over 40 volunteers from around Wellington worked together, to reuse the palings and wood sourced from around the neighbourhood to build 400 wooden tunnels

Volunteers making the new traps

“We had a very productive day” says Gary from Predator Free Mt Cook, Newtown, Berhampore.  “These (trapping tunnels) will be distributed across the predator free groups and will make a great contribution to the overall trapping efforts around the city.”

Predator Free Wellington aims to make Wellington the first predator free capital city in the world – aiming for zero possums, rats and mustelids. There are currently 11, 381 deployed across Wellington to help achieve this target.

“It’s great that we were able to not only minimise our waste contribution to the landfill, but also and play our part to support the local predator free goal” says Arlington Project Director, Colleen McCorkindale.

Construction and demolition waste makes up 40-50% of all waste sent to landfill in New Zealand. Kāinga Ora aims to lead industry in waste minimisation practices, looking to relocate rather than demolish homes wherever possible, deconstruct for reuse and recycling, and reducing construction-related waste through more efficient material use, on-site waste management practices and recycling.  

Arlington is Kāinga Ora’s largest single site development in Aotearoa. It will see 301 warmer, drier homes built in central Wellington. 

Find out more information on our Arlington Street development

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Page updated: 17 September 2021