A predator-free New Zealand our latest obsession

24 August 2017
Dr James Russell, School of Biological Sciences

Predator Free New Zealand is a growing movement supported by individuals, communities, companies, councils, and government. 

Like our other obsessions, this one is steeped in history, all the way back to when New Zealanders first realised these introduced species were causing untold damage to our native species and ecosystems. Over the last century New Zealand has eradicated invasive predators from 10 percent of its offshore island area. 

While this is a great achievement, the threat of reinvasion never really goes away unless we finally clear all of New Zealand of all pests.

Senior Lecturer, Dr James Russell, talks to Newsroom about how pest control successes of the past have led to ambitions of a Predator Free NZ.

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