Introduction

Our community partners are involved in connecting communities, supporting the restoration of National Parks, developing wildlife predator-proof sanctuaries, and creating predator-free communities and cities.

Predator Free NZ Trust

The Predator Free NZ Trust is an independent organisation established in 2013. Its vision is to connect and energise the nation towards a predator free New Zealand. It aims to do this through engaging and supporting individuals and community groups by helping them access the information and expertise they need.

Whanau, iwi and hapu

Iwi sees the land as fundamental to their tribal identity and holds a very close relationship to their natural environment. As kaitiaki from the mountains to the sea they have a very strong desire to ensure that our native taonga are protected for future generations. Iwi will play a key role in reaching the goal of a predator free New Zealand.

Large-scale predator free projects

The projects that are considered large scale are those that cover a large landscape and or city. There is a wide range of partners behind large scale projects including community groups, iwi, government departments and philanthropic organisations. For example, Project Janszoon is a privately funded trust working with the Department of Conservation, community group Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, and local iwi to restore the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park over a 30-year time frame. Below are some examples of large scale predator-free projects 

Sanctuaries

There are a growing number of mainland predator-proof sanctuaries in our communities, a collaborative approach between public and private sector. They create a halo effect across the region, bringing birdlife back into surrounding towns and cities. The world’s first fully-fenced urban eco-sanctuary Zealandia is 225ha of Wellington valley forest and freshwater ecosystems. A groundbreaking conservation project that has reintroduced 18 species of native wildlife back into the area, six of which were previously absent from mainland New Zealand for over 100 years.

Non-governmental/philanthropic organisations

New Zealand is a world leader in conservation technology and research. We do not yet have the technology to achieve a Predator Free New Zealand. Below are links to some of the lead organisations developing breakthrough control tools and techniques and community groups who are paving the way in large landscape scale Predator Free projects.

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