Nineteenth-century settlers were often keen to introduce exotic plants and animals to New Zealand – with mixed results. Australian wallabies and possums, common around Waimate, have become serious pests, and plagues of rabbits cause massive production losses for farmers.
Listen to a Roadside Story about pest animals around Waimate. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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