Jenny Marcroft, Conservation Spokesperson
New Zealand First is excited to see the planned implementation of natural predator control on Waiheke Island.
The Government is contributing $2.6 million towards the plan to make Waiheke the first urban island in the world to go predator-free without the use of aerial 1080 drops. At a total cost of $10.9 million and with the goal of being completed by 2025, the strategy is to use traps to target rats and stoats.
New Zealand First has long campaigned on the need to trial alternatives to the use of 1080 and it was a key agreement secured during coalition talks.
“It is great to see these pilot programmes starting to roll out,” says Conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft.
“This is another example of the Coalition partners working together to get great outcomes.”