Chatham Island tomtit (petroica macrocephala ssp. chathamensis)
Image: Dylan Higginson | ©


Predator Free 2050 aims at milestone goals in every four year period. Find out how far we've come since 2016.

Since 2016, PF2050 support from local communities, iwi and key partners has helped to achieve:

  • 117 islands declared as predator free
  • registration of over 5000 groups and iwi to perform local predator control
  • funding of DOC's National Predator Control Programme to protect PF2050 progress
  • funding to defend native species from a predicted predator plague.

By building support to protect our native species and see them thrive, the Predator Free 2050 initiative has:

  • increased the scale of conservation through 13 new landscape-scale partnerships
  • helped to put more focus on science, innovation and research by working with six funders of control innovations.

Predator Free 2050 national strategy, 2020 - 2024

Iwi, communities, agencies, business, scientists, councils – all are part of Predator Free.

Our challenge is to create a national strategic plan that ties all the work of all these people together to achieve the bold ambition that is becoming Predator Free. To do this we have:

  • held focus groups to provide direction and subject matter expertise to help us produce a discussion guide (PDF, 2,812 K). Groups involved included iwi, scientists, Predator Free 2050 Ltd, the Predator Free Trust, conservation non-governmental organisations, Ngā Whenua Rahui, business representatives and DOC staff
  • provided New Zealanders with the opportunity to contribute via online survey or email
  • held hui with our Treaty Partners around the country to discuss the aspirations of whānau/hapū and iwi for a Predator Free New Zealand.

Predator Free 2050 an Ambitious Goal for Aōtearoa New Zealand (PDF, 2,299K) summarises the feedback we received, including:

  • the need to respect diverse values and approaches rather than ‘embrace’ these, as some will not be embraced
  • that a coordinated approach is important, with the alignment of regional and national plans
  • this goal belongs to everyone and should not sit with a single entity or culture.

Our next stage is to develop a strategy based on what we heard and test this strategy with Treaty Partners and key collaborators to make sure we have got it right. The new strategy for a Predator Free New Zealand will belong to all New Zealanders.

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