The Government announced today an ambitious target to make New Zealand predator free by 2050.
Key said the Government would invest $28 million over four years to establish a joint venture company: Predator Free New Zealand Ltd. It would be running by early 2017 and focus on identifying large, high-value predator control programmes and attracting co-investors.
A mid-goal of 2025 was set to have all introduced predators eradicated from offshore island nature reserves and suppression of predators across 1 million hectares of mainland New Zealand.
The announcement was widely covered by New Zealand media:
TVNZ: John Key announces ambitious goal for predator-free NZ by 2050
Stuff.co.nz: Government sets target to make New Zealand ‘predator-free’ by 2050
Otago Daily Times: Govt reveals plan to be predator-free
Radio NZ: The beginning of the end?
Newshub: Govt wants NZ pest-free by 2050
NZ Herald: ‘Predator free’ by 2050?
Stuff.co.nz: Predator-free New Zealand ‘unrealistic’ – NZ First
Radio NZ: Predator-free drive: ‘Game changer’ or ecological blunder?
Newshub: Anti-cat campaigner Gareth Morgan backs predator-free drive
Newshub: Possums beware: Maggie ‘biggest killer’ Barry wants you dead
Radio NZ: Predator Free NZ – ambitious and under-funded
TVNZ: Ambitious predator-free plan relying on future scientific breakthroughs
Newstalk ZB: Maggie Barry: Govt has been working towards a pest-free NZ for years
Newstalk ZB: Govt announce plan to make NZ pest-free by 2050
Hawke’s Bay Today: Cash to give pests run for money
NZ Herald: Scientists fret about long-term support for pest programme
Stuff.co.nz: ‘Impossible to say’ if predator-free 2050 is realistic, experts say
It was also picked up by international media, including:
The Guardian: No more rats: New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators
BBC: New Zealand aims to become predator-free by 2050
Shanghai Daily: New Zealand tolls death knell for predators in bid to stem extinction rates
NPR: Call The Pied Piper: New Zealand Wants To Get Rid Of Its Rats. All Of Them
Smithsonianmag.com: For Kiwis’ Sake New Zealand Declares War on Rats
Time: Rats, Possums and Stoats Beware! New Zealand Goes to War Against Invasive Pests
Australian Geographic: New Zealand wants to be ‘predator-free’ by 2050
New Scientist: New Zealand to wipe out all rats as part of alien eradication
ABC News: New Zealand to eradicate rats, possums in bid to save native wildlife
National Geographic: New Zealand announces plan to wipe out invasive predators