Predator Free Dunedin was established in October 2018 to bring together disparate predator control projects under one strategic umbrella. In a first for Dunedin, 20 organisations have collaborated on this initiative, including local and regional government, two rūnanga, Maanaki Whenua Landcare Research, the University of Otago, Otago Polytech, The Halo Project and Ahika Consulting. Over 400 volunteers are now involved and membership is 1,500.
Predator Free Dunedin aims to have possums completely eradicated from the Otago Peninsula by 2023. To date, 40,000 possums have been removed as well as over 300 mustelids (the family of mammals such as stoats).
Kākā, South Island robin and are other bird species are notably spreading from the nearby Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Birds like tui and kereru are once again becoming a regular part of people’s daily lives, showing the project’s success.