Capability Development
Products to Projects

Predator Free 2050 Limited has been allocated $76 million ($19 million per year) thanks to funding from the Government’s Jobs for Nature Mahi mō te Taiao programme.

This has enabled the Company to co-fund new predator free projects and tools since 2020. It has also resulted in 100’s of additional jobs across the motu.

In March 2019, with support from the Provincial Growth Fund, we sought Expressions of Interest in:

  1. Co-funding for large landscape predator control to eradication projects located in provincial surge regions.
  2. Funding to fast-track the design, research and development, testing, production and supply of new and improved predator eradication tools and technologies, capable of being supplied to projects in the next 12-36 months.

Three large landscape projects and 12 ‘Products to Projects’ initiatives were launched through this funding.

Predator Free 2050 Limited’s first Expression of Interest process in 2017 received 45 submissions proposing predator control operations over 1.7m hectares (about 6%) of the New Zealand landscape.

We sought seven full Requests for Proposals from council and community-led groups. Six were funded.


We encourage groups to build capability to apply for future funding. We are happy to provide advice and welcome early discussions about project ambitions.

Any new large landscape projects are likely to be assessed against the following criteria:

Scale and geophysical attributes – the project should be ambitious in scale and seen to be so. While some projects might commence at several thousand hectares, the proposal should indicate why the project exemplifies an approach or behaviour that can be quickly extended or replicated at a larger scale if successful. Geophysical attributes will include “defendability” of the area once predators are eliminated. Proposals for large offshore islands will be considered.

Biodiversity gain – the project should contribute to substantial biodiversity gains across the land area under consideration. The protection and/or establishment of habitat that will enhance outcomes for New Zealand’s priority endangered species should be identified.

Alignment with PF2050 mission and interim goals – the proposal should clearly demonstrate alignment to and how it will assist achievement of the government’s interim 2025 goals.

Timing and measurability of gains – the proposal should offer credible evidence of the timeframe in which the goals are to be delivered. Specific intermediate milestones that the proponents believe will provide compelling evidence of progress on the plan, and against which they are willing to be measured, should be specified.

Land owner support and participation – projects should show evidence of collaboration between all relevant landowners and interested parties (i.e. adjoining landowners, Māori, DoC, Local Councils, etc) that will ensure multiple land owner support across the target landscape.

Māori partnerships – where a Māori entity is not the project lead, relevant Māori hapu or iwi should be involved in the formation of the project and be collaboratively engaged in the ongoing delivery. Where applicable, PF2050 Limited are seeking projects that have or are proposing to have a strong emphasis on Māori collaboration and partnerships.

Management (expertise and capacity) – the project management team should have proven experience and capacity given the scale and complexity of the proposal and demonstrate that they have access to the technical resources required to deliver the project.

Funding and level of co-investment – the proposal should provide sufficient evidence of the sources of funding, proposed or existing, for at least the potential for 2:1 matching funding from parties who are shown to be compatible, have the capacity, and are willing to commit cash and other resources to achieving the project goals.

Community support – the proposal should clearly articulate the degree of local community support for the project and how they will be engaged and their opinions heard in the design and implementation of the plan.

Health & Safety – the proposal should be able to demonstrate that the participants are aware of their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA), that the project is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its workers and others affected by the work it carries out.

Research innovation – opportunities for the proposal to contribute to the advancement of scientific research in the predator free area such as by field trialing and evaluating the effectiveness of a novel technology or combinations of technologies and management systems should be specified.

Sustainability of gains – the proposal should address the need to secure predator free status for the proposed project area including the basis on which investors can have confidence that future landowners of properties within the project area can be required to maintain the predator free status of that land.

Contribution to wellbeing – the project should identify how it contributes to improving living standards by enhancing natural, human, social and financial/ physical capital.

Exit Strategy – the proposal should address how the project goals and predator free status can be sustained post PF2050 Limited investment.