We are developing a Biodiversity Action Plan with students and staff that will identify projects for around the next four years.
There is a beehive at the City Campus, with plans to introduce hives at the North and South campuses. The honey from the hive will be used in AUT’s cafés. The hive is a response to a global decline in bee populations. Bees are essential for supporting the growth of a significant amount of the food we eat.
AUT North Campus is supporting pest reduction by joining Pest Free Kaipātiki, which is a local tranche of the Predator Free New Zealand initiative. AUT will support Pest Free Kaipātiki with extra trapping and monitoring on the North Campus, once a common approach has been established.
We have worked with Auckland Council and others to trap pests around the North Campus because endangered New Zealand dotterels (tuturiwhatu) are nesting nearby.
A preference for native plants is being incorporated into plant and tree selections around our campuses.
Native tree surveys of the North, South and City campus provides a solid baseline to measure progress. In 2017 a tree survey of the South Campus was completed, with the North and City campuses to be surveyed next.
The South Campus tree survey identified 270 trees, of which 51 (or 19%) are native. Of these natives there are several puriri, kōwhai, tōtara and pohutukawa and they range in age from semi-mature through to juvenile. This low number at the South Campus may reflect the short period that AUT has owned the campus.