The Aotea Trap Library provides FREE rat traps to the community in exchange for their rat catch data. The aim is to have easily accessible, free rat traps for as many households and community projects as possible and to cover as much of the island as we can.
The trap library was first established in November 2017 by the Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust with funding from Predator Free NZ 2050. Auckland council has continued to support the Trap Library with a steady supply of rat traps and protective wooden boxes. There are two Trap Libraries (Mulberry Grove, and Medlands), run by volunteers, supported by a coordinator who has been funded for one year by World Wide Fund for Nature.
The Aotea Trap Library has so far distributed 780 traps & 1194 protective boxes (march 2020), spread between backyard trappers, community groups, larger land owners and sanctuaries. All recipients have to do in return, is keep record of their catches. You can record your data directly online, by registering at Trap NZ (see Toolbox for instructions). It is also possible to participate without using trapNZ, just keep a tally of rats caught and provide to the trap library coordinator (details below).