A predator removal project of this size and complexity has never been achieved before. That means the work is challenging and complex, but worth it!
We have divided the work to achieve this vision into five main phases: prepare, secure, restore, protect and thrive. You can read more about each of these phases below.
A project of this scale and complexity requires planning and resources to deliver. The planning stage includes bringing together a project team, securing finance, completing technical feasibility and planning for the work. This will be challenging and take time!
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We will remove predators from Rakiura to protect existing biodiversity and to secure the island from further damage from predators, We will design and implement a step by step approach to predator removal and biosecurity, building off existing knowledge, feasibility studies and consultation with stakeholders. We will ensure an active interface with stakeholders and communities, enriching delivery.
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By securing Rakiura from predators we will create an environment where our birds, lizards, bats and invertebrates will be better able to reproduce successfully. Our forests and wetlands will be healthier. We could reintroduce species such as the kākāpō, takahē, tīeke and snipe.
Support and commitment from community and all affected will ensure our predator-free Rakiura gains will be valued and protected long into the future. We will work to build a robust approach to biosecurity, building off existing work and working with communities on and off the island.
The removal of predators from Rakiura will realise ecological, social and cultural benefits. These benefits will be sustained by ongoing protection, including a continuous and robust biosecurity border to respond to future predators arriving on the island.
We all have a part to play. Continuously looking for and responding to the presence of predators and long-term management of a robust biosecurity border will help to ensure the predator-free vision remains a reality.