New project to make Waiheke Island predator-free

Author
Chelsea Daniels,
Publish Date
Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 6:20AM
A 10.9 million dollar project cold make Waiheke Island the first predator-free island in the world. (Photo / File)
A 10.9 million dollar project cold make Waiheke Island the first predator-free island in the world. (Photo / File)

New project to make Waiheke Island predator-free

Author
Chelsea Daniels,
Publish Date
Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 6:20AM

A New Zealand project aims to provide 'a quantum leap' in the ability to eradicate predators in a populated area.

Waiheke could become the world’s first predator-free urban island.

Te Korowai o Waiheke: Towards Predator-Free Waiheke launches today, a 10.9-million-dollar project to rid the island of stoats and rats.

Predator-Free Waiheke Trust chairman Grant Leach says the rest of the world is waiting with bated breath to see if it works.

"It should provide a quantum leap and the ability to irradiate predators in a populated area,

Once we have done it, then ideally they'll be able to replicate, roll it out and change it to reflect their particular land base."