Introduction

Explore the innovative and collaborative work DOC does to get us one step closer to a predator free New Zealand.

Highlights

DOC is the Government’s lead agency responsible for facilitating the Predator Free 2050 programme. We bring together the unique perspectives and knowledge of communities and collaborators. With their input, we developed the strategy to get us to the shared PF2050 goal.  

We also deliver a large piece of Predator Free 2050. We manage predators, develop eradication science, train people and build partnerships. See tiles on this page to learn more about DOC's work.

Learning-based approach 

PF2050 is a world first – there is no manual to explain how to achieve the goal. We’re learning by doing. We’re prepared to adapt our approach, methods and tools as we learn more about predators, ecology and people.  

Our work is a critical part of learning quickly. It provides an opportunity for trialling new methods, planning approaches, and tools and technology at scale. It also builds momentum in our communities.   

From control to eradication 

As we continue to learn, many projects will shift from predator control to eradication (the complete removal of predators). Permanent eradication is much more difficult than control – it requires more planning, resourcing, long-term support and new tools. DOC currently does both - ‘holding the line’ through control and eradication on islands and land we can defend.    

Eradication allows our species to thrive 

For our endangered species, eradication means the difference between living on the edge of extinction and thriving. If you’ve been to a fenced sanctuary or predator free island, you can feel (and hear!) the difference.   

Since Kapiti Island eradicated pests in 1996, some lizard populations have grown 28-fold and around 1,200 little spotted kiwi now call the island home. The dawn chorus is deafening with kākā, tūī and kākāriki. Eradication is challenging but worth it for our treasured species.  

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