web analytics

Predator free NZ – how are we doing?

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, January 20th, 2017 - 30 comments
Categories: Conservation, national, spin, useless - Tags: , ,

Forest and Bird remind us that

It has been 6 months since the announcement that New Zealand would be predator free by 2050 garnered worldwide attention.

The clock is ticking, how are we doing?

Back home, the focus has turned to how can we accomplish such a task? Will there be secure funding for the next 30 years? And who will develop a much-needed national predator-free strategy?

The Government plans to form a joint-venture company called Predator Free New Zealand (PFNZ) Ltd that it will use to spearhead pest eradication efforts. It will work with communities, attract co-investors, invest in scientific research, and accelerate the scale of pest control.

PFNZ will be a Crown entity, and one of its jobs will be to attract $2 of private sector and local government funding for every $1 of government funding. This would turn the Governments $28 million “seed money” into $84 million – or $21 million per year for the next four years.

“I’m a little bit sceptical about that,” says Kevin Hackwell. “There is a lot of hype that the private sector and businesses are going to flood into biodiversity and fund predator control. It would be lovely to think they could, but New Zealand is a small place. I can’t see the private sector putting tens of millions of dollars into conservation.

“The worry is that everything is predicated on getting this money but if it doesn’t materialise, will the government come through with the extra money?” …

Sounds like nothing concrete has happened yet. Come on National – it was your promise – let’s see the action!

30 comments on “Predator free NZ – how are we doing? ”

  1. Cinny 1

    I haven’t heard of anything new being done apart from the usual 1080 poison drops.

    Would say the predator free NZ was another shallow promise from the outgoing government, all press announcements and no action.

  2. aom 2

    It will happen as long as volunteers do all the organisation and work, so that big business and Government can take the credit.

  3. rob 3

    It will be the same as the smoke free b.s. it will never happen but nice dreamy feel good factor to those that listen.

  4. weka 4

    PFNZ will be a Crown entity, and one of its jobs will be to attract $2 of private sector and local government funding for every $1 of government funding. This would turn the Governments $28 million “seed money” into $84 million – or $21 million per year for the next four years.

    Was that donations from the private sector and local govt, or investment?

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      Investment. In other words, they’d expect a return greater than the amount that they invested. The only place that that money could come from is the tax payers which means that the only way that the government could expect that sort of investment from the private sector is if the government promised massive funding to implement the research so that the private sector investors would actually have government guaranteed profits.

      Predator free may be a good idea but don’t waste time with private sector investment as it’ll just cost more than if the government simply did it itself.

  5. Bill 5

    “We’re not fighting a war, and if we were, we lost it long ago: Get over it. We now have literally thousands of exotic species in this country and tens of new species are added to the ledger each year. Apologies to the faint of heart, but we can’t disinvite them. Nor can we wind back the clock to a romantic pristine past. We’ll have to start managing for the environments of the future and stop pretending like Gondwanaland is either sensible or achievable”
    – Jamie Steer

    And an interview he gave to Kim Hill
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/201816566/jamie-steer-introduced-species

    He’s well worth the listen in my humble opinion…

    • Siobhan 5.1

      He makes an interesting point. Once an environment is so completely changed there is no easy ‘turning back’ of the clock.

      an example..In the Cook Islands they recently destroyed the last few mynas (introduced). The last 4 females, with no sign of breeding last season. Which was the plan.
      Unfortunately this has led to an increase in the stick insect population…which in turn has resulted in an increase in the Kingfisher population.
      And there is nothing the kingfishers like more than hassling the poor wee Raratonga Flycatcher (native), which is now even more endangered. Possibly terminally so, unless all the Islands can be convinced to clear the weeds away from the coconut palms thereby destroying the breeding grounds of the stick insect.

      The upshot is, in eliminating an introduced ‘pest’, the conservationists may well have set the stage for the total destruction of a native, endangered species.

    • mauī 5.2

      My views on this have definitely taken a 180 recently, probably because what you’ve posted is a well reasoned argument. I think he’s right, if for whatever reason we stop pest control tomorrow then we lose big time, the pests take over and all those decades of conservation work go out the window. We should know that helicopter 1080 drops aren’t sustainable in the long run either.

      I was also thinking today that if a native species is dominant, say like a tui then that’s fine but if it’s an imported species with the same trait, like a starling or a myna bird then they’re counted as the enemy.

  6. Siobhan 6

    How about we stop eating endangered native species like giant kōkopu, banded kōkopu, shortjaw kōkopu, inanga, and kōaro.
    Otherwise what exactly are we trying to achieve??

    • Liminal 6.1

      Siobhan – quite right. I witness the grotesque and uncontrolled whitebaiting every year on the Waikanae river and estuary (plus small stream near by and towards Peka Peka and Te Horo. 4WD vehicles all over the place – a bird breeding and roosting area in what is supposed to be a Scientific Reserve (whatever that means). I’ve never understood why this is tolerated considering most of the species involved are threatened or endangered. Why this greed? I think it has much less chance of being outlawed (or at least severly and properly regulate) than getting rid of fox-hunting tin the UK.

      • Liminal 6.1.1

        whoops – pressed submit before editing:

        (plus small streams nearby

        (or at least severely and properly regulated) than getting rid of fox-hunting in the UK.

    • Traditional harvest, isn’t it? Tangata whenua practiced whitebaiting i nga wa o mua and now generations of New Zealanders of all races have embedded themselves along the rivers, taking theirs. Harvesting the young seems especially damaging in this instance, seeing how high the numbers, individual wise, those catches can be. Looking back into early recorded history in NZ, the numbers caught were astronomical. Why is it so hard to change the practice? Bolshy bona fide practitioners, exorbitant prices for the product, no quality controls at point of sale and an active black market.
      My call? Save The Whitebait – Catch & Release

    • Rosemary McDonald 6.3

      “…stop eating endangered native species like giant kōkopu, banded kōkopu, shortjaw kōkopu, inanga, and kōaro.”

      A five year moratorium on all whitebaiting everywhere in NZ. Regardless of the status of local fisheries…because if you ban it in one place…they’ll all move to the open zones. Ban all eeling too. Not just commercial…total ban.

      Heavily fine any twit who breaches the ban, and also put them to work on riparian planting and fencing off of all waterways.

      As for ‘predator free’…they’re dreaming.

      Certainly heavy use of traps/bait stations in the accessible areas. Extremely limited use of 1080, nationwide replanting of natives…plant grown from locally sourced seed.

      Create habitats and food sources for our native fauna…they will survive. Although flightless birds might need some help.

      Who decided the kiwi should be our national bird?

      It should be the pukeko or tui.

    • Rae 6.4

      Agree, we seem to have different values for water than we do for land, and while we are at it perhaps trout should be declared a noxious species as well

  7. johnm 7

    NZ’s worst predator is guess what!? Us Humans! We can’t have competitors for our supreme title of destructive invasive species, can we?

  8. Wayne 8

    My understanding is that they aim to do the islands, such as Great Barrier and Stewart Island first, then move to the National parks.

    Draco,

    The private funding won’t be an investment, it will be a donation (tax deductible). Of course the donors, if they are companies, will publicise the fact to show the are good corporate citizens.

    So the profit/loss issue is irrelevant. I assume this will essentially be a not-for-profit, in the same manner as the Motutapu Trust, which I presume is the model being used. If you look at their website they have done great work over the last twenty years in restoring Motutapu Island.

    I know many of the people in the Motutapu Trust, and they see it as part of their philanthropic duty in an an area they are passionate about. I appreciate that many Standardnista’s don’t think such people exist on the centre-right, but they are wrong. Actually Chris Liddell, shortly to be in the White House, is a good example.

  9. Xanthe 9

    Its an extension of the con DOC developed. Target the imposible, get unlimited funds. Ignore/disempower the people

  10. Morrissey 10

    We’ve hopefully seen the last of THIS predator….

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcEWwSJbDYQ

  11. mauī 11

    It’s about 100 times more likely for a rich philanthropist or corporate to stump up the cash for a cuddly bird rather than a cuddly Māori or their impoverished children. I find that enlightening.

  12. Lara 12

    It’s a total green wash by this cynical government.

    They won’t put the money in to actually make it happen.

    And PFNZ ignores dogs and cats. So it’s complete bollocks from the start.

    They have a nice website though….

    The money spent on the website, staff and propaganda is a total bloody waste and a shame. It could have been given to DOC to actually control predators.

  13. Rae 13

    You haven’t a hope in Hades of making NZ predator free even with the best will in the world. Best we can do is put predator free “islands” such as Maungatautari all around the country wherever we can. I doubt it would be any more costly, probably less, and we would need vigilance even if we did magically disappear all introduced predators, as it would not take much for reintroduction of rats at the very, very least, and unless we were prepared to do away with roaming and feral cats, then we are wasting our time even considering it.

  14. Ad 14

    If as expected National don’t fund it enough in Budget 2017, the Greens and Labour should simple poach the policy idea and promise to fully fund it. The Forest and Bird membership, together with all the tramping and mouton clubs, have massive databases, and they vote.

    It’s a really simple way of Labour and the Greens doing what National has always done – poaching policy in election year.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Clean car package to drive down emissions
    New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle chargers now available every 75km along most state highways to give Kiwis confidence. Low Emission Transport Fund will have nearly four times the funding by 2023 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Progress towards simpler process for changing sex on birth certificates
    The Government is taking the next step to support transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, by progressing the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill, Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti announced today. “This Government understands that self-identification is a significant issue for transgender, non-binary and intersex New Zealanders, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • Crown speeds up engagement with takutai moana applicants
    The Crown is taking a new approach to takutai moana applications to give all applicants an opportunity to engage with the Crown and better support the Māori-Crown relationship, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little says. Following discussions with applicant groups, the Crown has reviewed the existing takutai moana application ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court opens
    The Minister of Justice, Kris Faafoi, and the Minister for Courts, Aupito William Sio, have welcomed the opening of a new Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment (AODT) Court in Hamilton. The AODT Court (Te Whare Whakapiki Wairua) addresses situations where substance abuse and offending are intertwined. “New Zealanders have told ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • EU and UK FTAs top of list for first ministerial trip since COVID-19
    Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor today announced details of his planned visit to the United Kingdom and European Union next week, where he will hold trade and agriculture discussions to further New Zealand’s economic recovery from COVID-19. The visit will add political weight to ongoing negotiations with both the EU ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Arihia Bennett to chair Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group
    Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu chief executive Arihia Bennett MNZM has been appointed chair of the newly appointed Ministerial Advisory Group on the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques. “Twenty-eight people from diverse backgrounds across Aotearoa have been selected for the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Medical Association General Practitioners' Conference, Rotorua
    Ki ngā pou maha o te whare hauora o Aotearoa, kei te mihiTo the pillars of our health system I acknowledge/thank you Ki te ope hapai hauora o roto o tēnei rūma, kei te mihi To our health force here in the room today, I acknowledge/thank you He taura tangata, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Karangahape Road upgrades are streets ahead
    The upgrades to Karangahape Road makes the iconic street more pedestrian and cycle-friendly, attractive and environmentally sustainable, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said at the formal celebration of the completion of the Karangahape Road Enhancements project. The project included widening footpaths supporting a better outdoor dining ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to APEC business event
    E ngā tumu herenga waka, ākina ā ngaru, ākina ā tai ka whakatere ngā waka ki te whakapapa pounamu, otirā, ki Tamaki o ngā waka Tena koutou katoa… To the great leaders assembled, who guided your waka through turbulent times, challenging waters and you continue to navigate your respective waka ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pause on Quarantine Free Travel with Victoria extended
    Following an assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in greater Melbourne, New Zealand’s Quarantine Free Travel pause with Victoria will continue for a further seven days, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. There are now 93 cases associated with the outbreak in greater Melbourne, spread over four clusters. Contact tracing efforts ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Supplier Diversity Aotearoa Summit: Navigate 2021
    *** Check with delivery *** A mihi to all who have contributed to making today a success – starting with you! As you have explored and navigated government procurement today you will hopefully have reflected on the journey of our people so far – and how you can make a ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pukemiro School to close
    Pukemiro Primary School near Huntly will close following years of declining roll numbers, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “I’ve consulted with the School Commissioner, and this decision acknowledges the fact that the few remaining students from last term are now settled at other nearby schools. “I want to thank ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Govt acts to protect NZers from harmful content
    New Zealanders will be better protected from harmful or illegal content as a result of work to design a modern, flexible and coherent regulatory framework, Minister of Internal Affairs Jan Tinetti announced today. New Zealand currently has a content regulatory system that is comprised of six different arrangements covering some ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Consultation on exemption of new builds from proposed tax rules
    The Government has today confirmed new builds will be exempt from planned changes to the tax treatment of residential investment property.  Public consultation is now open on details of the proposals, which stop interest deductions being claimed for residential investment properties other than new builds.   “The Government’s goal is to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech for Predator Free 2050 Conference
    Introduction E ngā mana E ngā reo E ngā iwi Tēnā koutou katoa   Ka huri ki ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēnā koutou He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei i raro i te kaupapa o te rā Ko Ayesha Verrall toku ingoa No ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New stock exchange to help grow small businesses
    A new share trading market, designed as a gateway to the NZX for small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been granted a licence by the Government. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister, David Clark said Catalist Markets Ltd will provide a simpler and more affordable ‘stepping stone’ for SMEs to raise capital. “This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Visa extensions provide certainty to employers and 10,000 visa holders
    Changes to onshore visas will provide employers and visa holders with more certainty, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has announced. Around 10,000 Working Holiday visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) work visas due to expire between 21 June 2021 and 31 December 2021 will be extended for another six months to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Border class exceptions approved for more farm workers and vets
    The Government has approved border class exceptions for an additional 200 dairy workers and 50 veterinarians to enter New Zealand, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today.  “It is clear from conversations with the dairy and veterinarian sectors that they are facing workforce pressures. These border exceptions will go a long ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • More freezers and South Island hub to support vaccine roll-out
    A South Island hub and 17 new ultra-low temperature freezers will help further prepare New Zealand for the ramp up of the vaccination programme in the second half of this year, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says. The new freezers arrived in New Zealand on 27 May. They’re currently being ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech at the release of Climate Change Commission's final advice
    Good morning – and thank you Prime Minister. Over the last three and half years we have been putting in place the foundations for a low-carbon Aotearoa that will be a catalyst for job creation, innovation, and prosperity for decades to come. In that future, many of our everyday tasks ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Achievable blueprint for addressing climate change released
    Report says Government making good progress on emissions reduction, but more action required Meeting climate targets achievable and affordable with existing technology Economic cost of delaying action higher than taking action now Benefits from climate action include health improvements and lower energy bills All Ministers to help meet climate targets ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to release of Climate Commission final report
    A few years ago in a speech in Auckland, I compared climate change to the nuclear free movement of roughly four decades ago. And I did so for a few reasons. Firstly, because the movement of the 1980s represented a life or death situation for the Pacific, and so does ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Appointment of Judge of the High Court
    Auckland Barrister Michael Robinson has been appointed a Judge of the High Court, Attorney‑General David Parker announced today. Justice Robinson graduated with a BA and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland in 1996, and commenced practice as a solicitor with Brookfields in Auckland.  In 1998 he travelled to London ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government takes action to improve protections for subcontractors
    The Construction Contracts (Retention Money) Amendment Bill – which provides greater financial protection for subcontractors, has passed its first reading today. The Bill amends the retention provisions in the Construction Contracts Act 2002 (CCA) to provide increased confidence and transparency for subcontractors that retention money they are owed is safe. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • 1 million more Pfizer doses to arrive in July
    Pfizer has scheduled delivery of an estimated 1 million doses of vaccine to New Zealand during July, COVID1-9 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “These consignments will double the total number of Pfizer doses we have received this year to more than 1,900,000 – enough to fully vaccinate almost 1 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Long-term home of the Independent Children’s Monitor identified
    The Independent Children’s Monitor (Te Mana Whakamaru Tamariki Motuhake), which is currently located within the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), will become its own departmental agency within Government. “Following the recommendations of several reviews, Cabinet agreed in 2019 to build a significantly expanded independent monitor for children in care,” Carmel ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Racing Integrity Board members announced
    The new Racing Integrity Board will be up and running from July 1 to ensure high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism in the racing industry. Racing Minister Grant Robertson today announced the appointments to the new Board: Sir Bruce Robertson KNZM – Chair Kristy McDonald ONZM QC Penelope ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt crackdown on organised crime continues
    A major operation against multiple organised crime groups with international links will make a significant dent in drug harm and violent offending linked to organised crime networks, Police Minister Poto Williams says. “I want to take an opportunity to congratulate the Police for their role in Operation Trojan Shield. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Farm planning framework supports farmers into the future
    A new framework, agreed between Government and industry, will make it easier for farmers and growers to integrate future greenhouse gas emissions and freshwater regulatory requirements into their farm planning, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said. “The Good Farm Planning Principles Guide out today, provides guidance for how farmers can organise ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Enhanced Task Force Green Approved for Canterbury
    The Government has activated Enhanced Taskforce Green (ETFG) in response to the Canterbury floods. The Minister of Social Development and Employment, Hon Carmel Sepuloni says $500,000 will be made available to help with the clean-up. The flooding in Canterbury has been a significant and adverse event damaging farmland, homes, roads ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Connecting rangatahi to the soil
    A Jobs for Nature project to raise 480,000 native plants in nurseries across South Auckland will provide work for communities disproportionately affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, Acting Conservation Minister Ayesha Verrall says. The Mana in Kaimahi project is being run by Te Whāngai Trust Board and will establish ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Roll out of high-resolution elevation mapping begins
    The first tranche of mapping data from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)-LiDAR project is now available to the public from Toitū Te Whenua Land Information New Zealand. LiDAR data, which creates 3D baseline elevation information, will deliver multiple uses over the coming decades to councils and regional industries. “This mapping ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Champions of Pacific education rewarded in Queen’s Birthday Honours
    Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list show that across Aotearoa New Zealand there were many champions of Pacific education. “Education is so vital to the success of Pacific people that it’s truly fitting that a number of educators have been honoured this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • PM congratulates Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added her congratulations to the New Zealanders recognised for their contributions to their communities and the country in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List. “This group represents decades of services across many areas, and those honoured highlight how many New Zealanders are going above and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 days ago
  • Change of status for Rangiriri kura
    A change of status for Te Kura o Rangiriri sees it become a designated character school within the Māori-medium network, Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis announced today. “This kura has been providing Māori immersion learning since 2003 in the historic town of Rangiriri, so I’m delighted that it is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • APEC trade ministers’ unite on COVID-19 vaccine steps and rejuvenating the WTO
    APEC trade ministers today committed to speeding up the cross-border flow of vaccines and related goods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This followed the completion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting chaired by Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor early this morning. “As we face the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further consultation for Melville schools
    Formal consultation is set to begin on specific options for the future of schooling in South West Hamilton, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. “Recent engagement has shown that the schools and community want a change to Year 7-13 schooling for the area.  “I am now asking the Boards of Melville ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Primary schoolkids dig trees for Arbor Day
    A new Arbor Day initiative announced by Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. The initiative is open to more than 2,400 primary schools. It is a partnership between Te Uru Rākau/NZ Forest Service and the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • NZ Upgrade Programme kept on track
    The Government is increasing its investment in the New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) to support New Zealand’s economic recovery. Over two thirds of the projects will proceed as announced despite increased costs due to COVID, with modifications being made to others. “NZUP is already supporting over 1,000 jobs with 13 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Northern Pathway gets green light
    The Government is committed to the Northern Pathway with its preferred option being a separate structure for walking and cycling alongside the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. Geotechnical investigations and testing has determined that building a structure connected to the Auckland Harbour Bridge is not possible ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago