The New Zealand Government committed efforts towards a Predator Free 2050 by investing an initial $28 million into the program. This included the establishment of a new independent crown company called Predator Free 2050 Limited. The company supports national efforts, investing in large landscape scale predator initiatives and breakthrough science programmes alongside the public and private sector.
Multiple government agencies work alongside Predator Free 2050 Limited. These government partners are equally committed to supporting the Predator Free programme.
Department of Conservation (DOC)
DOC is the government agency responsible for facilitating the overall Predator Free 2050 programme and ensuring public and private sectors are connected. DOC, Predator Free 2050 Ltd, the Predator Free NZ Trust, and Regional Councils can be described as core entities in the Predator Free 2050 programme. These core entities are working together to deliver our vision for a Predator Free NZ.
While the primary focus of Predator Free 2050 Ltd is to invest in large landscape scale predator initiatives and breakthrough science. DOC’s role is that of facilitator, working alongside government agencies MPI, Ospri, MfE, Regional Councils and Unitary Authorities. DOC also provides support to the Predator Free NZ Trust, to deliver the resources it requires to connect with community groups, iwi, and the private sector.
PF2050 aligns with DOCs draft threatened species strategy. This draft strategy sets out the New Zealand Government’s plan to halt the decline in our threatened species and restore them to healthy populations. PF2050 has been described as the springboard to the Draft Threatened Species Strategy.
Predator Free 2050 Ltd was established on 30 November 2016 with the appointment of nine board directors. The company and its leadership are integral to the success of the Predator Free 2050 programme.
Predator Free 2050 Ltd is responsible for directing a significant amount of Crown investment into the Predator Free Programme. The company is focused on investing in high value, large landscape predator control initiatives and breakthrough science.
In addition the company is responsible for managing and leveraging $6 million a year of the Crown’s investment. For every $1 of government funding the company will aim to leverage $2 of funding from the private sector, business, local government, philanthropists and other investors.
The board of Predator Free 2050 Ltd is responsible for selecting the large landscape projects for funding via an Expressions of Interest (EOI) and a Requests for Proposals (RFP) process.
Board Members Jane Taylor was appointed as chair of the nine-member Board. The other nine directors are Sir Rob Fenwick, Jeff Grant, Gary Lane, Traci Houpapa, Warren Parker, Devon McLean, David MacLeod and Arihia Bennett.
On 16 June 2017 Predator Free 2050 Ltd.’s board announced the appointment of Ed Chignell to the new position of Chief Executive to help drive New Zealand towards the Predator Free 2050 goal.
Local Government are instrumental in delivering Predator Free programmes into our communities. Regional Councils are the key organisations responsible for delivering pest management beyond conservation land. They manage public reserves and undertake large scale predator control. They are actively working with private landowners, community groups and iwi in planning and undertaking “on the ground action” for predator control. The LGNZ website provides links to all council websites.
MPI Biosecurity 2025 strategy aligns with Predator Free 2050. The Biosecurity 2025 Strategy strengthens New Zealand’s biosecurity ensuring that the system continues to protect New Zealand against pests and diseases.
In alignment with the Government’s Biosecurity 2025 initiative and the National Pest Management Plan of Action three government agencies (DOC, MPI and LINZ) along with the Regional Councils have funded the Bionet Unincorporated Joint Venture to bring together the best biosecurity tools, advice and resources in one easy to access location. Biosecurity in New Zealand is legislated by the Biosecurity Act (1993) and tasks the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) with biosecurity leadership at a national level and the councils at a regional level. DOC and LINZ are major land and waterway owners and so have also committed resources and funding to Bionet. Bionet provides this Bionet.NZ web portal and the services which support it.
Ospri runs the national Tb (Bovine tuberculosis) programme which aims to eradicate bovine Tb by 2055. This programme is run by a subsidiary company called TB free. The largest vector of Bovine Tb is possums (and to a lesser extent ferrets). Therefore TBfree is operating in approximately 6-8 parts of the country at any given time holding possum numbers low enough that Tb is eradicated from the local possum population.
LCR is a crown owned research institute (CRI) which specialises in terrestrial (land based) research. This includes non-commercial forests (ie native) and the plants and pests that live within them - ie rats, possums and stoats etc. LCR is responsible for much of the modelling that has been done with regard to possums numbers and their impact in New Zealand.
MfE is responsible for the state of the environment in New Zealand. They provide access to the Land Cover Data Base (LCDB) and report on carbon sequestering, water quality, and numerous other indicators of the state of the environment. Obviously, pests such as possums, rats and stoats negatively impact on the quality of the forest directly (via foliage grazing and eating seed etc) and indirectly via their impact on birdlife which decreases pollination and movement of seed etc.
As an independent Officer of Parliament, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has broad powers to investigate environmental concerns and is wholly independent of the government of the day.The Commissioner investigates environmental matters of their own choosing. Supported by staff with a wide range of expertise, they carefully judge evidence gathered from many sources. Their work is known for being clear, fact-based and pragmatic.