Science Media Centre

Science Media Centre

In the News

The science of a predator-free NZ – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

The Government’s announcement to aim for a ‘predator-free New Zealand’ by 2050 has been widely covered by media – both here at home and internationally – this week. While the initial announcement made a splash in both local and international media, now the question is: how might such an ambitious plan be pulled off? Self-resetting traps, genetic […]

Govt’s predator-free pledge – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 25th, 2016.

The Government announced today an ambitious target to make New Zealand predator free by 2050. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement in Wellington’s Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, echoing the call that physicist Sir Paul Callaghan made shortly before his death in 2012. Key said the Government would invest $28 million over four years to establish […]

Biggest ever 1080 drop to counter pest plague – In the News

John Kerr posted in on May 10th, 2016.

More than 800,000 hectares of land across the country will be the target of the largest ever pest control operation in New Zealand’s history. The Battle for our Birds 2016 programme will kick off this winter, aiming to knock back a burgeoning pest population boosted by heavy forest seeding, or mast. Rat and stoat numbers […]

BRIEFING: 1080 & predator control – where to from here?

John Kerr posted in on November 16th, 2015.

The predator control poison 1080 is not without controversy — but it’s the best thing we’ve got, say scientists meeting at a national conference this week. Ecologists and researchers from across the country are meeting this week to share their latest findings at the New Zealand Ecological Society 2015 Conference, which includes a symposium dedicated […]

BRIEFING: Predator plague, beech mast and 1080

Dacia Herbulock posted in on September 9th, 2014.

The largest 1080 predator control operation ever attempted in New Zealand will be carried out in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring rat and stoat numbers in the conservation estate. This year’s large beech flowering and mast seeding event has created a huge increase in food […]

1080 and the Battle for Our Birds – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on January 30th, 2014.

The Government is launching New Zealand’s largest-ever species protection programme, increasing the use of aerial 1080 to control pests and protect native wildlife. Minister for the Environment Dr Nick Smith announced details of the ‘Battle for Our Birds‘ programme this week. The programme will increase pest control in 35 forests to protect 12 native species, […]

Govt prepares for plague of rats and stoats

John Kerr posted in on January 30th, 2014.

New Zealand’s forests are set to be the battleground for a war between introduced predators and the Department of Conservation. A larger than usual flowering and seeding of beech trees – known as a mast year – is expected to boost the number of rats and stoats in New Zealand’s forests. The coming plague of […]

New centre highlights advances in pest control

John Kerr posted in on August 31st, 2011.

‘Next generation’ tools for the control of pests in New Zealand were unveiled yesterday at the opening of the The Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation. The Centre was officially opened yesterday by Dr Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment, bringing together researchers from universities, Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) and private companie. New pest control […]

Copyright 2016 Science Media Centre (New Zealand)

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy