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Introduction

Strengthening the taonga of Aotearoa supports all of us, and we all have a role in protecting it. The PF2050 strategy and action plan show how each of us can play our part.

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Predator Free 2050 is about working together to create strong ecosystems that support native species to flourish and in so doing, enhance our culture and wellbeing. Achieving this involves a broad range of work to:

  • mobilise people and resources,
  • innovate tools, methods and people engagement, and
  • accelerate progress across New Zealand’s landscapes.

Knowledge from iwi, whānau, hapū, experts and people involved in the movement, formed the basis of the strategy for 2050. Alongside it is an action plan, that maps the milestones for the first five years.

Read the strategy:

Read the 5-year Action Plan | He Māhere Rautaki Whakakore Konihi (PDF, 1,253K)

How the strategy empowers collective action

Over 5,000 groups and iwi and 13 landscape partnerships currently comprise PF2050. To empower collective action, the strategy will help to expand and unite groups, and support them as they continue to grow.

Collaborations occurring within the movement have already saved many native species. This includes the Coromandel brown kiwi by restoring habitat and improving predator control.

Kiwis for Kiwi, community-led conservation projects and DOC worked together to put kiwi on one of 117 already pest free islands.

Meanwhile, volunteers and groups in Coromandel, like Moehau Environment Group (MEG) and others, have protected the mainland population.

These partnerships have saved the Coromandel brown kiwi and are now helping them to become self-sustaining. Their work has ensured kiwi on the island have grown their numbers, and by moving some of their offspring to the protected mainland, the populations can resist diseases and more.

The 2020 – 2050 strategy and action plan acknowledge it’s the impact of collaborative effort such as this that help to protect native species, inspire new approaches and develop tools and bring more areas under active predator control.

Others moving one step closer to PF2050

See the latest steps New Zealand's are taking towards Predator Free 2050 by following the hashtag #OneStepCloserPF2050.

The strategic pathways to collective action

Communities, iwi, experts, businesses, non-government and government bodies worked together to create the strategy over 18 months.

Working with them, we’ve identified six pathways that draw from mātauranga Māori, expertise gained from successful island eradications and the know-how of a network of community trappers. 

  1. Whānau, hapū and iwi expressing kaitiakitanga
    Mā nga whanau, hapū, iwi e whakatau I tō rātou kaitiakitanga
  2. Communities taking action
    Me whakaohoho me whakamanahia i ngā hapori ki te mahi i te mahi
  3. Supporting the kaupapa through legislation and policy
    Whakatinanatia I ngā ture mō ngā momo kaupapa here
  4. Advancing our knowledge, innovation and improvement
    Mātauranga, mahi auaha, whakapai
  5. Measuring and assessing the difference we make.
    He aronui, he aromataiwaitia, he aromātai te rerekētanga
  6. Moving from sustained predator control to eradication.
    Toitū te mahi haepapa kīrearea

To support the six pathways, national and regional groups will be set up to guide work for each. A national steering group, made up of representatives from each national collaborative group, will also be established. This will help align each group’s work.

You can read more about each pathway in the strategy document.

What are the next steps?

Each pathway has intermediate outcomes and milestones that will measure our progress. The milestones we’ll work towards during 2020 include:

  • set up of the national-level collaborative groups
  • work to find out what individuals need to be a part of PF2050
  • reviewing predator control research and the gaps in our knowledge
  • exploring humane approaches for management tools
  • investment in tools and technologies for eradication
  • piloting mātauranga-centred research in regional areas.

For more on how each of these steps will move us along the six pathways towards predator freedom, see the 5-year action plan.

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