A HUGE thank you to all our pest plant hit squad members!

Whether it's weekly on a Monday morning, once a month in response to a reported weed, or as part of the massive moth plant hunt, the pest plant hit squad members do an incredible job helping to keep our little corner of the North Shore beautiful by removing pest plants.

Three happy hit squad members with 3 bags of moth plant pods
Pest plant hit squad

And we wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all of you! Here is our open letter of thanks to the Hit Squad:

On behalf of Pest Free Kaipātiki Restoration Society, the people of Kaipātiki and all the plants and animals that live there, we want to say a huge thank you for all the work that you have done and continue to do protecting our native species by tackling pest plants.

The Hit Squad is an essential part of the work to protect and restore our local area and the natural places within it. And you are all part of that important work.

Without you and your amazing mahi, potentially millions of more pest plants would exist, damaging our precious native ecosystems. We know it’s hard and frustrating at times and we appreciate your dedication.

This season alone volunteers have collected thousands of moth plant pods and tackled hundreds of pest plants. Your efforts over the years, whether it’s every week or a few times a year, collectively have had a huge positive impact. Imagine what Kaipātiki would look like without you.

You have helped to keep our green gem of the North Shore beautiful and helped those that need protecting - our tui, kereru, piwakawaka, even kākā, and all the native plants, reptiles and insects that also benefit from removing invasive plants.

We thank you wholeheartedly for your efforts and hope you can continue as long as poss