8 May 2021

Peter Young: Fight for the Wild – Aotearoa vs predators

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 8 May 2021
Peter Young

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Documentary filmmaker Peter Young discusses his biggest project to date – the battle to save Aotearoa’s native species from an army of predators.

Every year, introduced predators devour the eggs and chicks of  26 million native New Zealand birds, as well as countless insects, amphibians, reptiles and plants.

In 2016 Predator Free 2050 began, targeting rats, stoats and possums. It is Aotearoa’s most ambitious conservation effort ever and involves hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders.

Peter Young’s Fight for the Wild documents the battle to protect native species and explores the idea of a Predator Free 2050.

The first episode of the four-part documentary and the podcast will be released on RNZ on 10 May. The series will also screen on TVNZ 1 from 15 May.