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Native’s not always good and exotic’s not all bad – Wayne Linklater

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 3rd, 2017.

On World Wildlife Day, Victoria University of Wellington’s Dr Wayne Linklater writes in the Dominion Post about his thoughts on the “native good, exotic bad” message. An excerpt (read in full): I don’t like my children being provoked to kill for conservation. And I don’t like them being taught to demonise an entire species of animal, […]

Predator-free continues to nab headlines – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 8th, 2016.

Two weeks after an announcement that the Government would aim to make New Zealand “predator free” by 2050, conservation news continues to grab headlines in NZ media. Today’s Catalyst – Fairfax Media’s science page – hosted two predator-free stories. Environmental scientist Dr Jamie Steer wrote in an opinion piece that the “militant” stance implicit in […]

Giant leap to pest-free NZ is attainable – Dr James Russell

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 2nd, 2016.

Reaching a predator-free goal by 2050 is attainable, but will require a huge cultural shift, writes conservation biologist Dr James Russell in the New Zealand Herald: An excerpt (read in full): New Zealand is the world leader in killing invasive predators. We’re so good at it, other countries around the world seek our help and […]

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