Found 750 kilometres south east of New Zealand, the Antipodes Islands are one of New Zealand’s five Subantarctic Islands. The island group includes one main island, Bollons Island to the north and numerous small islets and stacks.
Watch the 1980’s documentary kindly on loan from NHNZ : The Island of Strange Noises.
The Islands support a number of endemic species, such as the Antipodes Island Parakeet and Snipe. They are a life-raft for numerous albatross, seals, petrels and penguins who use the islands to breed, feed and rest.
Mice were introduced to the Antipodes in the middle of the 20th century. As the sole mammalian pest species on the islands, they predate birds, invertebrates, and plants. If the island’s inhabitants are to thrive, mice need to be eradicated.
Watch the documentary by James Russell: Winter in the Subantarctic.