'You've killed a rat' - Pest traps funded by donors connect people with conservation via app

Two young Auckland men say pest traps they've pioneered to protect native birds will connect people with conservation like never before.

Engineering school friends Fraser McConnell and Alex Hannan have developed "Squawk Squad", a scheme in which people donate towards a trap which sends notifications to the donor's phone when a pest is killed.

Twenty-four-year-old Mr McConnell explained to Seven Sharp how the system works in a sanctuary Squawk Squad is creating.

He said when a rat gets caught in the trap, a sensor relays that information to a base station which sends information to the user's app "notifying them in real time, you've killed a rat."

The bait inside the trap is tailored to each predator, so when a kill is made donors know what as well as when, and where. 

"You'll get metrics back, such as bird noise levels, rat index levels, exactly how the sanctuary is performing as a whole," Mr McConnell said.

More than 25-million native birds are killed by predators every year, that's 68,000 a day Seven Sharp reported.

Mr McConnell believes engaging donors in real time is the key to turning that around.  

"If you wanted to donate a full trap towards a sanctuary project we've set up, it'd cost you $350 at the moment," he said.

But people can join a Squawk Squad of up to 20 people for $17.50 each.

A kickstarter campaign is underway so the two developers can gamify the app, and purchasing traps in real life will buy you some in the game version too.

This new app delivers 'kill' notification straight to your phone, as part of a project to help save the estimated 68,000 native birds killed each day. Source: Seven Sharp

Hamilton man shot in the face with a pellet gun

A Hamilton man has been shot in the face with a pellet gun last night.

A Police spokesperson has told 1 News that police were called to an incident involving a group of people on the corner of Te Rapa Rd and Church Rd at about 11:45pm.

Officers are still looking for the offender or offenders and no arrests have been made at this stage.

A St John spokesperson said the male has been transported to Waikato Hospital in a moderate condition. 

There are no reports of any other injuries.

Police car
Police car Source: 1 NEWS


Meet Whanganui's royal super fan who will follow Harry and Meghan in her campervan

A Whanganui woman who tried, and failed, to get an invite to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is excited about their upcoming royal tour of New Zealand.

So much so, that she plans to follow the newlyweds around the country in her yellow campervan.

Seven Sharp went to meet Marie Shepherd to find out more.

Marie Shepherd couldn’t score an invite to the wedding, but will still go on a royal tour. Source: Seven Sharp


Visit the south Wairarapa town whose GDP growth outstripped Queenstown in 2017

Now it's the weekend let's talk tourism hot spots.

There are the obvious drawcards right?

Wine and sun – Martinborough has plenty to offer. Source: Seven Sharp

Jetting off to Queenstown, the cultural smorgasbord of Rotorua and sipping coffee in our capital city, but have you ever considered venturing to south Wairarapa?

While it's long been the playground of Wellingtonians, its appeal is growing at a rapid rate, with more and more local and international visitors putting Martinborough on the must-see list.

Rebecca Edwards took a drive over the Remutaka Hill to find the secret to the region's success.

Seven Sharp tries to get summer ready in a month with the F45 workout

After a long winter of calories... can you get your summer body ready in just one month?

Three of our reporters are putting themselves through the pain and we are now at the end of week one.

Caro, Tamati and Lucas have each taken on a fitness fad.

Today Lucas, our F45 rookie is giving us the week one update.

Lucas de Jong, our F45 rookie, is taking on the fad. Source: Seven Sharp