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Vandalism a good sign in kea project

Vandalism a good sign in kea project

Saturday 14 May 2022

It is not often that your work equipment being torn apart is a sign of doing your job well. But that was the case for some workers in South Westland recently. Pest controllers in South Westland found their tent shredded to pieces by kea. Zero Invasive Predators (Zip) field rangers recently returned to their base […]

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Second Ōkārito 1080 drop gets most rats, possums

Second Ōkārito 1080 drop gets most rats, possums

Tuesday 10 May 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | Greymouth Star

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Zeroing in – toxic rodents lure last stoats

Zeroing in – toxic rodents lure last stoats

Monday 9 May 2022

Imagine lush landscapes alive with Aotearoa New Zealand’s quirky and unique plants and wildlife. This is the Predator Free 2050 vision but to get there we need new tools. While 1080 operations and trapping networks remove most introduced predators from an area, getting the remaining animals is a challenge. The last stoats can be particularly […]

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Bird numbers rebound as predators removed

Bird numbers rebound as predators removed

Saturday 26 March 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022 | Greymouth Star

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Native bird species ‘bounce back’ as predators eradicated in Westland

Native bird species ‘bounce back’ as predators eradicated in Westland

Friday 25 March 2022

Native bird species in South Westland are bouncing back, with detection of some birds doubling in the last three years – the results of a project to eradicate predators in the area. Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), part of environmental initiative Predator Free South Westland, has successfully removed stoats, possums and rats from a 12,000-hectare block in the […]

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ZIP Media Release

ZIP Media Release

Monday 29 November 2021

An media release from ZIP regarding the recent aerial operation in South Ōkārito.

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Phase 1 predator elimination  operation being completed in the South Ōkārito block

Phase 1 predator elimination operation being completed in the South Ōkārito block

Tuesday 23 November 2021

Phase 1 toxin application will start on 23 November 2021

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Phase 1 of predator elimination work is continuing in the South Ōkārito block

Phase 1 of predator elimination work is continuing in the South Ōkārito block

Thursday 18 November 2021

Predator elimination work is continuing in the South Ōkārito block – with the second step of the aerial operation.

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Detecting the “Birds” of the Year

Detecting the “Birds” of the Year

Sunday 7 November 2021

Predator Free South Westland, and schemes like Jobs for Nature, are helping ensure the future of local Bird of the Year contestants.

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Predator elimination work getting underway in the South Ōkārito block

Predator elimination work getting underway in the South Ōkārito block

Tuesday 2 November 2021

Predator elimination aerial operations in the South Ōkārito block are now underway.

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Rowi kiwi make tracks to new site

Rowi kiwi make tracks to new site

Thursday 2 September 2021

A rowi or Ōkārito brown kiwi footprint has been found outside of the main Ōkārito Kiwi Sanctuary, in conservation land on the flats of the lower Whataroa River.

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Rare native bats discovered on the West Coast for the first time in decades

Rare native bats discovered on the West Coast for the first time in decades

Thursday 2 September 2021

Rare, long-tail bats/pekapeka have been recorded near Franz Josef for the first time in decades. They were detected with the help of the Mahi mō te Taiao – Jobs for Nature scheme.

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Update: Whataroa-Butler catchment area

Update: Whataroa-Butler catchment area

Thursday 12 August 2021

Predator elimination aerial operations in the Whataroa-Butler catchment area are now complete.

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Predator elimination work underway in the Whataroa-Butler catchment area

Predator elimination work underway in the Whataroa-Butler catchment area

Thursday 22 April 2021

Starting in the Whataroa-Butler catchment area – work towards achieving a Predator Free South Westland has begun.

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Women find niche in glacier jobs : West Coast Messenger

Women find niche in glacier jobs : West Coast Messenger

Wednesday 7 April 2021

As the glacier country moves to position itself at the heart of the battle to rid the country of predators, two tourist operators are forging a new future in pest eradication.

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$45million push to eliminate pests from Whataroa to Franz : Greymouth Star and Hokitika Guardian

$45million push to eliminate pests from Whataroa to Franz : Greymouth Star and Hokitika Guardian

Friday 12 March 2021

South Westland iwi have welcomed a $45 million injection into a new predator control project that will create 50 local jobs over the next five years.

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South Westland predator-free project ‘massive win’ for biodiversity, economy : NZ Herald

South Westland predator-free project ‘massive win’ for biodiversity, economy : NZ Herald

Friday 12 March 2021

The $45 million predator-free project announced for South Westland yesterday was a “massive” win for biodiversity and the local economy, former Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says.

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$45m Predator Free South Westland project launched : Newshub

$45m Predator Free South Westland project launched : Newshub

Thursday 11 March 2021

Aotearoa’s most ambitious predator free project has been launched by the Conservation Minister in Franz Josef.

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$45m to eliminate pests from South Westland – and keep them out : Stuff

$45m to eliminate pests from South Westland – and keep them out : Stuff

Thursday 11 March 2021

Predator Free South Westland – a $45 million project to eliminate possums, rats and stoats from 100,000 hectares of South Westland is being touted as New Zealand’s largest and most ambitious predator-free project yet.

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The launch of Predator Free South Westland

The launch of Predator Free South Westland

Thursday 11 March 2021

On the 11th of March the Minister of Conservation, the Hon Kiritapu Allan, officially launched Aotearoa’s most ambitious predator elimination project.

To eliminate possums, rats and stoats from 100,000 hectares of South Westland.

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100,000 hectares of South Westland set to become predator free under ambitious new plan : One News

100,000 hectares of South Westland set to become predator free under ambitious new plan : One News

Thursday 11 March 2021

100,000 hectares of South Westland is set to become predator free as part of an ambitious new project that promises to create jobs in an area hit hard by Covid 19.

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Perth Valley experiment a ‘kea saver’

Perth Valley experiment a ‘kea saver’

Friday 26 February 2021

We are pleased with the results from a successful aerial and trapping operation in the Perth Valley on the West Coast, which has eliminated possums, rats and stoats from the valley and safeguarded native biodiversity. We are pleased with the results from a successful aerial and trapping operation in the Perth Valley on the West […]

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