PHOTO: Predator Free Wellington

Redefining what’s possible in city landscapes

Predator Free Wellington Ltd is a charitable company supported by founding partners Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and NEXT Foundation. It supports and connects a network of
thousands of households, community groups, schools and organisations who share a vision to make Wellington the world’s first predator free capital city.

A phased urban approach begins on the Miramar peninsula, then moves into neighbouring suburbs, the CBD and east, and north to the boundary with Porirua, over ten years.

Capital Kiwi is a charitable trust aiming to add kiwi to the growing list of threatened species returning to the city. It will deliver a
programme of landscape scale pest control through partnerships with public and private stakeholders.

The combined effort of the Predator Free Wellington and Capital Kiwi projects aims to see possums, rats and mustelids removed from over 30,000ha.

The programme draws on a 20-years of integrated predator control in reserves and rural landscapes, the spill-over success of the Zealandia sanctuary, and efforts of backyard and community trapping groups. It is backed by unprecedented levels of institutional and public support.

Launched August 8, 2018
PF2050Ltd investment $3.725
Total project investment $11.1
Funding commitment Five years
Project lead Predator Free Wellington Ltd and Capital Kiwi Trust
Māori partners Ngāti Toa Rangatira and Taranaki Whanui
Collaborators Predator Free Wellington - Wellington Airport, Zealandia, Papa Taiao, Victoria University, Manaaki Whenua. 32 backyard trapping groups active across 44 suburbs and 32 schools participating in the pilot schools programme. Capital Kiwi -Wellington Community Trust, Kiwis for Kiwi, Department of Conservation.
Ambition 30,000 ha
Design Suburb by suburb predator removal and defence, plus mustelid control enabling the return of kiwi to the capital’s hills.