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One step closer to Predator Free 2050

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage says the launch of the “Predator Free 2050 Strategy – Towards a Predator Free New Zealand” is a major step forward to save thousands of threatened native species and give nature a helping hand.

“Without a plan, a Predator Free Aotearoa is only a dream. This strategy will help us go further and faster to give nature a helping hand and save more than 4000 of our native plants and wildlife that are threatened or at risk of extinction,” says Eugenie Sage.

“To do this we need to permanently eradicate their biggest threat: rats, mustelids like stoats and possums.”

“The Predator Free 2050 Strategy was developed by the Department of Conservation in consultation with iwi, and with input from technical experts, scientists, environmental groups, communities and the public. It draws from matauranga Māori, derived from generations of interactions between people and te taiao, and expertise gained through decades of successfully removing pests from 117 of New Zealand’s offshore islands,” she said.