Hi Guys

This is mostly of interest to Auckland and surrounding area members but may be of interest to more.

The land owner of a large area of NZ bush is looking for a person or people who are interested in the outdoors to help control the possum and rodent problem in the area by topping up small bait stations with poison pellets. 

I have been working this land by myself for a few years. I am moving to the Waikato and will be looking for an opportunity to do the same down there. This means Puhoi is in need of people who can take over. 

The job is easy. Bill (a Puhoi resident who runs the possum control in the area) keeps you topped up with pellets. You simply walk the trail and top up each of the stations. This can be done once every one or two months.

The benefits to volunteering are improved fitness via bush tramping tracks, helping bring back the native wild life and plants - AND - free access to some awesome privately owned, uninhabited NZ Bush where you are free to camp out, practice bushcraft skills, navigation, shelter building, bushcraft cooking over an open fire, eeling and a whole range of things you can add to the list.

This area can be worked by one person or a group. There are even more older tracks that can be worked but need the volunteers. Maybe some of our Auckland Region Members can get together and "adopt" Puhoi as their own area, clean out the rodents and get in some great bush time, camping and bushcraft skills in the process?! Just an idea. 

If you want to get a taste for the area check out my Youtube channel as most of the videos are filmed there. This is not only a sleezy way to get more views on my channel lol but you will actually see the area and the job. 


Let me know quickly if you are interested in finding out more by replying to this blog. We can then contact each other. I leave for Hamilton in mid-August so we have limited time to sort it. 

Thanks for your time. Looking forward to hearing from you. Dave

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Comment by Dave. Southern Land Solo on August 15, 2017 at 15:09

Hi Ryan. I think it has. I have not had contact with the property owners or the two who were interested in the job, since I moved towns.  It would be good to hear from them how it is going.

Comment by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on August 15, 2017 at 11:02

Hi Dave, is this job all sorted now?

Comment by Dave. Southern Land Solo on August 29, 2016 at 22:52

Hi Sammy and Eduardo. Apologies for the late reply guys. I have not been checking my emails since moving to Hamilton so got a bit behind.

Yes. They are still looking for people to do the possum baiting in the Puhoi Village area north of Auckland. It is pretty rugged but awesome bush and the bait stations are in need of filling.

The man to contact is Bill 09 422 0113. Bill coordinates the possum baiting for the area and can show you the trails. There are quite a few neglected trails and stations out there and Bill is interested in getting them working again. 

I had free range of one farmers property mainly because I worked at being reliable with the timings I gave her of when I would be on and off her property. I closed all the gates behind me and never left any rubbish. Developing a good relationship with Bill and the farmers, from the outset, will probably help a lot.

These are great opportunities to help keep the pest numbers down and to do some overnight camps, one day outings and practice bushcraft skills.

Please let me know how you guys get along. Thanks very much guys.


Comment by Sammy on August 29, 2016 at 20:33
Hi there still available?, Just moved to warkworth and would be very keen.

Comment by Eduardo rodrigues on August 22, 2016 at 17:18
Hi mate, this still available? Im just locking for some place to camping and do fill walks on the bush. I think that is perfect for me.

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