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The programme, builds on the existing efforts of thousands of people, to help make the goal of a predator free New Zealand a reality.

The success we've had to date with innovation in predator control in this country, along with the potential from new technologies and greater philanthropic and community involvement, means that while the goal is ambitious, achieving it is a real possibility.

Predator Free 2050 involves a commitment of $28m over 4 years, and $7m per year thereafter. This funding is in addition to the current effort and resources (currently estimated at more than $70 million a year).

Predator Free 2050 Ltd was established to direct a significant amount of this crown investment. It has a focus on breakthrough science and large-scale predator control and eradication initiatives. This is done through the Expressions of Interest process. The company is required to secure matching investment of $2 for every $1 of Crown investment.

PF2050 announcement media release
The origins of the Predator Free New Zealand goal

Although we don't have the technology yet to achieve a predator-free New Zealand, the Predator Free 2050 programme provides a focus on:

  • developing breakthrough predator control tools and techniques
  • forging the networks needed to make the vision happen

More about who's involved
More about the benefits and why it matters

Interim 2025 Goals

Four interim 2025 goals have been set, to maintain momentum, focus initial efforts and show that the predator free goal is achievable. The goals are:

  1. Increasing the areas where predators are suppressed by 1 million hectares.
  2. Demonstrating predator removal from more than 20,000-hectare areas of the mainland.
  3. Removing all mammalian predators from offshore island Nature Reserves.
  4. Developing science solutions that lead to the removal of at least one small mammal predator species from the mainland.

Research Strategy

To support the development of scientific solutions, a research strategy has been designed to develop the tools and technology capable of eradicating at least one small mammalian predator from the mainland; an important milestone on the road to a predator free New Zealand.

The initial priority components of the strategy are organised into four research programmes:

See the research strategy

Related resources

Predator Free 2050 brochure (PDF, 743K)
PF2050 announcement media release
The origins of the Predator Free New Zealand goal

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