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How will we achieve a predator free New Zealand? Give us your ideas and thoughts on what should be in the Predator Free 2050 strategic plan. Opportunities for feedback closed 30 January 2019.

Going predator free: making a strategic plan

As the lead Government agency for Predator Free 2050 (PF2050), it’s DOC’s job to prepare a strategic plan around how best to achieve it, and we’d like your help. There are a great many things to consider: how, for instance, do we get all of us – all New Zealanders – to engage with PF2050? How do we make sure it is adequately funded over its entire term? How do we encourage the technological innovation we’re going to need?

We’d like to hear your thoughts on these and many more issues. To get things started, we gathered the views of scientists, technical experts, iwi, NGOs and others during a series of focus group workshops. This paper outlines their ideas and insights, and invites you to comment on them, or add more ideas of your own.

Because many things will change over the next 32 years, we can’t prescribe every action in detail over the long term. The strategic plan will therefore set out quite general milestones towards 2050 but focus more tightly on the near term – the next 5 years.

Our intention is to push that near-term planning ahead of us as we go, much like a bow wave, adapting to new circumstances and incorporating lessons learned from the previous term into the next. The emphasis will be on clear accountability, with some long-term milestones established to help keep the programme on track.

How to provide feedback

Take the online survey: Predator Free 2050 discussion guide 

At the end of each section, you’ll be invited to comment on the proposed 5-year goals. Longer-term milestones out to 2050 are provided in a separate section at the end of the guide, and you’re invited to comment on those too, if you wish.

You have until 30 January 2019 to offer your feedback, either by the online survey or by e-mailing

Download the dicussion guide (PDF, 2,812K) to print or share.

Background: Imagining a predator free New Zealand

When we asked people to envisage Aotearoa in the year 2050, they offered a vision of native biodiversity returning to its former abundance and richness. They talked about existing habitats healing from the ravages of browsing animals, about new ones created and connected by wildlife corridors across whole regions, about city gardens and parks chiming with native bird calls.

We heard about clean water and air, healthy soils, ecosystems restored to full health and functioning as they should – stronger and more resilient, better able to support both our biodiversity and our economy.

As our natural environment healed, people predicted that the well-being of New Zealanders would be enhanced too, out of a restored sense of connection with our wild places, and knowing they were in better health. They saw future generations inspired to take better care of our biodiversity.

Iwi and hapū would be the stronger for the opportunities offered by a predator free New Zealand to exercise kaitiakitanga – stewardship – through their leadership of conservation programmes. Taonga species could become so abundant that cultural harvest might resume.

People agreed that the nation would take enormous pride from the achievement, and the co-operation and imagination it required. Some saw a boost to New Zealand’s international standing – perhaps as a centre of innovation excellence – and our tourism trade. Exports would gain a new standing in the international marketplace. New industries and markets would be created from the innovative technologies and demand generated by nationwide pest eradication programmes.

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