Monday 25 July 2016

Comment from Predator Free NZ Trust on Government announcement to invest in predator control through a new company – Predator-Free NZ Ltd.

Sir Rob Fenwick.

Sir Rob Fenwick.

Predator Free NZ Trust is delighted the Government wants to borrow its name to administer new funding for a large scale assault on animal pests that destroy native species.

The Trust was formed in 2013 to support volunteers and community conservation groups who do predator control. It has created a geo spatial map locating hundreds of volunteer groups all over the country dedicated to killing predators like rats, stoats, possums and wild cats.

Trust chair Sir Rob Fenwick says the Government’s move to fund predator management at landscape scale will be a game changer in the war on pests.

“The invasion of predators has reached a tipping point and most of our native birds are at risk, most tragically, the kiwi. If we can lift the scale of predator control to regional landscapes, including communities where people live, which has not been done before, we can win the war.”