Around the traps with Ed

Back from the brink

October 14, 2019 11:53 am

The Hunua Ranges contain the largest tract of regenerating and mature native forest in the Auckland region. The view from a wooden platform on the summit of Mount Kohukohunui is stunning: over the Firth of Thames, the sanctuary islands of the Hauraki Gulf, across to the Manukau and down to the lakes of the Waikato. …more

Coming home

August 12, 2019 3:26 pm

As I’ve travelled recently it’s struck me that conservation is coming home. For too long our success stories have played out on remote island settings, well out of the sight and involvement of the public. …more

All systems go

June 13, 2019 2:27 pm

The countdown has begun. Miramar’s voyage to predator freedom begins in just weeks and traps are being laid out around the bays and valleys of 1000 ha peninsula. …more

How it should be

May 13, 2019 9:42 am

Last week, as part of a Predator Free 2050 Limited team trip out of the office, we joined the annual census of black petrel/ tāiko chicks on Great Barrier Island. We experienced what was once common around New Zealand. …more

Road Trip

April 28, 2019 1:16 pm

In February we called for expressions of interest in new funding to help deliver large landscape predator eradication projects and to fast track innovation. We’ve been over whelmed by the response. …more

So, where the bl**dy hell are you?

March 7, 2019 11:17 am

When we think of Australia, its continental character springs to mind: vast deserts, bushland basins and fringing forest, farms and cities. New Zealand, much more of an island place. Yet, in rivalry stakes, Oz has us beaten even there. …more

The Next Wave

February 15, 2019 10:35 am

Over January I’ve managed to get around some of the new places that Predator Free 2050 Limited could potentially work in. We’ve been flat out over the past year bedding down and entering final negotiations with the seven projects our first tranche of government funding has enabled. So, it was a welcome break to accept an invitation to the West Coast… …more

Piece by Piece

November 23, 2018 2:32 pm

More important pieces in the predator free jigsaw started to slide into place over the last month. A Memorandum of Understanding was announced between parties wanting to pursue a pest free Banks Peninsula. The first traps were laid to enable the return of kiwi to the hills around Wellington …more

The Dunedin Sound

October 3, 2018 12:00 pm

I’ve been listening to contributors to Predator Free Dunedin. There’s a lot to get around. “We’ve been making good progress,” says Mark Hanger, President of Forest and Bird and local seabird champion, “but Predator Free 2050 has given us something to hang it all on. …more

Rewriting history

September 16, 2018 5:00 pm

If we can do it on Waiheke, we can do it anywhere. That’s why we are contributing $2.6 million to an ambitious community-led project to rid the island of rats and stoats. Waiheke is a microcosm of the country. It celebrates diversity and is proudly independent. …more

End Game

August 29, 2018 11:47 am

This is what the end game must look like. I’ve been in Fiordland opening a box of tieke (South Island saddlebacks) and letting them fly free into forest made safe from predators. …more

Let the birds back in

August 8, 2018 12:00 pm

Wellington’s birds are coming back and about to take off. Following tui, kākā and kererū, expect kiwi to start appearing in capital city backyards soon. …more

Northland connections

July 23, 2018 4:26 pm

Something special’s happening in the hills around Whangarei Heads and it’s spreading into pockets of forest north and south of there. …more