Protecting our flora and fauna


Dedicated work from DoC and the wider community has seen many of our native species brought back from the brink of extinction. Over the last 25 years, we have established numerous predator-free areas, from small islands of a few hectares to largescale enclosed areas with many thousands of hectares. Many of these sanctuaries are now thriving with abundant bird and animal life, many of which are open to the public to enjoy.

Building on this, in our last term in Government National announced the Predator Free 2050 initiative – an audacious goal to eradicate predators from our country that just a decade earlier most would have said was a pipedream. We invested millions in new traps, poisons and lures and in our next term, we will continue this vital work to ensure our threatened native species are once again able to thrive.

National will:

  • Re-affirm our commitment to a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050, and fully resource efforts to keep us on track towards this goal.
  • Provide $15 million to DoC for predatorfree ecological sanctuaries and other breeding programmes - such as Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Wellington’s Zealandia and Dunedin’s Orokonui – to enable them to continue to protect plant and animal species and support species re-introduction and breeding programmes through the disruption caused by Covid-19.
  • Recommence work to develop new biotechnology tools and techniques to help reduce the impact of pests and predators on our native species.
  • Recognise iwi have concerns and work with them to progress the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary, while exploring options for the establishment of new marine reserves.
  • Commit to the control of Kauri dieback disease, including through further investments in track and facility upgrades where needed to prevent its spread.