$7.6 million in new funding for world-leading Predator Free Wellington

Absolutely delighted today to join Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage MP, and Predator Free Wellington
Director James Willcocks at Otari-Wilton’s Bush for Eugenie’s announcement of $7.6 million in new funding from Jobs for Nature to drive Predator Free Wellington’s world-leading work to eradicate rats, possums and mustelids from Wellington City.

We are already very close to Miramar peninsula being pest predator free (possums long gone and now mustelids too and just a few rats left). The next stage is along an axis from Island Bay to the Central City.

This new funding is aimed to halve the time from 10 years to just 5 for our entire city to be predator free. It also means 42 new jobs.

This is a massive team effort involving Wellington City Council Greater Wellington Regional Council, NEXT Foundation, Government, and so many thousands of Wellingtonians who trap in our reserves and in backyards right around Wellington. Thank you each and every one of you !

You know you are making a real difference, even if you aren’t catching anything. Please keep your trapping going, and encourage friends, colleagues, family to get involved. Together we are doing something special in the Capital City.

During the announcement today we enjoyed seeing several kereru flapping around us. That is your work.

Ka pai Wellington!