Quarantine work is a crucial step towards an efficient biosecurity system when conserving predator free islands or sanctuaries. It can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to eradicate pests, and it takes committment and decipline to keep the predators off and not accidently re-introduce them.
Auckland City is fortunate to have some of the most accessible and well-known predator-free islands just a boat trip away from the city centre. It has provided ample opportunity for large amounts of visitors and groups to experience the wildlife, including many schools and students.
But with so many people, gear and vessels arriving on these islands - quarantine becomes a hugely important procedure.
The rodent dogs checking gear destined for one of the predator-free islands in Auckland City Centre.
Some of the gear was cling-wrapped to help stop foreign animals from hiding inside the packs.