20 May 2019

Predator-free NZ goal under threat - report

From Morning Report, 8:49 am on 20 May 2019

A new report warns the goal of the country becoming predator free in 30 years could be hampered by conflicts, inadequate planning and uncertainty.

Predator Free 2050 aims for a co-ordinated, nationwide eradication of New Zealand's most damaging introduced predators - rats, stoats and possums, and moves on from the current piecemeal controlling of limited areas.

A report just published by the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge looks at the predator free target and says there are gaps that need to be tackled on social, cultural and ethical issues.

One of the report's authors James Russell talks to Susie Ferguson.