Top Down

Where do you start a predator free mission described at its conception as “crazy and ambitious”? From the bottom, in Stewart Island and Wellington’s Karori sanctuary as Sir Paul Callaghan suggested? From the West, around the flanks of Taranaki, as we announced a fortnight ago? From the East, on peninsulas like Mahia, Banks or Otago? […]

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THINK BIG

If you look down on Taranaki from a plane you can detect changes around the mountain. The ring plain is becoming veined by the stream-side planting carried out by farmers over the past couple of decades. We’ve just announced a project that will take the restoration of Taranaki’s biodiversity to the next level. We’re investing […]

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IMAGINE

I’ve been walking around the West Coast’s Perth River Valley with Zero Invasive Predators Chief Executive Al Bramley. I’ve been humming a John Lennon song. It’s easy to imagine a future without predators when you’re with his team. They are rethinking most aspects of traditional predator control. “Remove and protect” is their motto. Traps no […]

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Looking South

Auckland Island is a like an aircraft carrier. A landing spot for albatross that roam the southern oceans. It has 46,000 ha of deck space, much more than other Subantarctic landing pads, but little is available. Albatrosses – Gibson’s wandering albatross, royal southern albatross, light-mantled sooty albatross and white-capped mollymawk – have been pushed off […]

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