Enabling community groups and agencies to collaborate at scale

Support for Predator Free Southland is enabling a project coordinator to plan a community engagement process, secure funding, recruit a project team and design an eradication plan for the first stage of the project.

Work is being undertaken on behalf of a governance group comprising Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, Environment Southland, Department of Conservation, Gore District Council, Southland District Council and Invercargill City Council.

Predator Free 2050 Limited expects to confirm funding that will enable operational work to begin next year.

Launched December 16, 2020
PF2050Ltd investment $100,000 (initial)
Total project investment
Funding commitment 5 years
Project lead Environment Southland
Māori partners Ngāi Tahu
Collaborators Ngāi Tahu, Environment Southland, Department of Conservation, Gore District Council, Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council, community groups including Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environment Trust, Omaui Landcare Trust.
Ambition Eradicate possums and suppress mustelids and rats in areas of high biodiversity within project area.
Design A phased approach as funding, resourcing and the tools and technologies become available. Intense rat trapping within backyards and at biodiversity hotspots, and a broad trapping network for possums and mustelids across the landscape.