Supporting innovative predator control in the regions
Published: May 24, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Predator Free 2050 Limited will help deliver the New Zealand Government’s ambitious goal of eradicating possums, stoats and rats by 2050 to prevent further loss of our unique taonga species.
The funding received from the Provincial Growth Fund will be used by Predator Free 2050 Limited to contract projects that will be game changers for regional development and the national predator free effort.
CEO Ed Chignell is passionate about the difference these initiatives can make in regional communities. “Restoring areas where native wildlife can thrive helps build communities, creates jobs and opens up new, tourism-related business opportunities.”
Chignell was impressed by the 81 applications received following a call for expressions of interest. “From the responses we’ve received it’s clear to see provincial New Zealand is keen to embrace the Predator Free 2050 goal.”
The expressions received are for funding new predator eradication tools and technologies and co-funding large landscape predator control and eradication projects in the surge regions (Tai Tokerau/Northland, Bay of Plenty, Tairāwhiti/East Coast, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast).
Proposals are currently being assessed and Predator Free 2050 Limited hopes to have agreements in place by the end of June 2019.