2018 Predator Free 2050 Presentation Pack - Presentation Pack
2018 Predator Free 2050 Presentation Pack - Presentation Pack for only GBP £15.90
Predator Free 2050 is the ambitious goal to remove key mammalian predators from the New Zealand landscape. This effort involves central and local government, iwi, conservation trusts and philanthropists. Predator Free New Zealand Trust (PFNZ) is one of those organisations, working with community groups, schools, marae, neighbourhoods and businesses to ensure our precious native species can flourish for generations to come.
New Zealand is an isolated island nation where many amazing animal species have evolved in the absence of mammalian predators. However, the introduction of species like rats, stoats and possums has resulted in the endangerment and extinction of many native birds, lizards and insects.
Despite its reputation as an environmental paradise, New Zealand has the highest percentage of threatened animal species in the world. Over 80% of our native birds are at risk. Alongside large scale eradication projects led by local and central government, PFNZ is supporting local communities, iwi, farmers and businesses to help in the effort to rid New Zealand of key mammalian predators by 2050, so backyards everywhere will be teeming with native wildlife for generations to come.
$1.20 Tuneful backyards
Neighbourhoods with backyards teeming with native species, where sounds of the tūī, hihi (stitchbird) and tīeke (saddleback) create a melodic dawn chorus, would be idyllic for most New Zealanders. The tūī thrives on nectar from flowering flax and kōwhai and is distinctive with its white throat tuffs. The hihi and the tīeke are both on the endangered species list. These wondrous birds won’t proliferate without the removal of predators like stoats, rats and possums.
$1.20 Thriving wetland cycleways
Imagine cycling through thriving wetlands and busy rivers on the outskirts of a city, each alive with kōtuku (white herons), whio (blue ducks) and kōtare (kingfishers). Most New Zealanders won’t see a whio or kōtuku in the wild as both are endangered and only found in areas with low predator numbers. The whio, which is named after the sound of the males’ call, is well known for being printed on the $10 banknote. The Hochstetter’s frog is one of four native New Zealand species.
$2.40 Picnic in the park
Enjoying the outdoors is a popular pastime for most New Zealanders. You might hear the distinctive wing flap of kereru (wood pigeon) flying low overhead or find weka pecking at your feet trying to steal your bootlaces. Imagine a predator free New Zealand where you could also share your local park with the ancient tuatara, the jewelled gecko or the kahukura (red admiral butterfly) - one of many butterflies and moths that are endemic to New Zealand.
$3.00 Urban oasis
Imagine an outdoor urban cafe where the most prevalent birds, visible in the nearby pohutukawa, are New Zealand’s unique native species - the popokatea (whitehead), miromiro (tomtit), toutouwai (North Island robin) and Forbes’ parakeet. Imagine these beautiful birds being so well established in cities and towns that our children were familiar with their names and calls. Popokatea, miromiro and the friendly toutouwai can only be found in forests where predators’ numbers have been reduced, while Forbes’ parakeet is high on the endangered list.
$3.60 Nocturnal wonderland
The nocturnal wildlife in New Zealand is as impressive as the creatures that come out in daylight. The great spotted kiwi, one of five species of our iconic flightless bird, is at constant risk of predation. The ruru (morepork/owl) can be found in urban environments all over the country where its haunting, melancholic call echoes in the night. Among the heaviest insects in the world, giant weta are also the largest of the weta species. And New Zealand's spectacular native giant snail (Powelliphanta) is carnivorous, feeding mainly on native earth worms.
Read more about the predator free movement and the endangered species being brought back from the brink of extinction with words by Jessi Morgan of PFNZ, and beautiful illustrations by Wellington artist Stephen Fuller.