Predator Free Wellington aims to completely eradicate rats, possums, stoats and weasels from all of the Wellington peninsula. That’s a total area of 30,000 hectares including a city of more than 212,000 people. The organisation is working towards making Wellington the first predator-free capital city in the world.
The biodiversity outcomes of the project are significant, but the social impacts are equally impressive. They include more resilient and connected communities and improved health and wellbeing outcomes.
Key outcomes include 50 trapping groups involving tens of thousands of Wellingtonians; almost 60,000 pests caught and almost 8,400 traps deployed; 14 schools involved; 200% increase in sightings of tui, 350% increase in sightings of kererū, and 1,000% increase in sightings of kākāriki since 2011.