INVESTMENTS

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Cacophony Project

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Cacophony Project

Could sound lures and artificial intelligence be key tools in New Zealand becoming Predator Free? NEXT Foundation and Zero Invasive Predators have announced investments in The Cacophony Project - an initiative bringing information technology into conservation. With open sourced learning and Moore’s Law it could speed up New Zealand's mission to become Predator Free... Click to read more.

www.cacophony.org.nz

Predator Free Community Champion

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NEXT Predator Free Community Champion

NEXT Foundation has engaged Wellingtonian Kelvin Hastie as the NEXT Predator Free Community Champion. Kelvin successfully spearheaded the Crofton Downs Predator Free Community project in Wellington, which was seed funded by the Morgan Foundation. In his role with NEXT, Kelvin will be working alongside Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council in its mission to become the first capital city in the world to be predator free. NEXT is also supporting Kelvin to mobilise other predator free communities, helping with the wider vision of New Zealand becoming predator free by 2050. Click to read more.

Predator Free Wellington City

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Predator Free Wellington

NEXT Foundation has partnered with the Wellington City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council to support Wellington’s mission to become the first Predator Free capital city in the world. The three organisations jointly fund a Project Director, James Willcocks, to get the project underway. Initially Predator Free Wellington is focused on developing a plan to eradicate rats and stoats fromthe Miramar Peninsula. This area is already possum free and is geographically well positioned for this project. NEXT Predator Free Community Champion Kelvin Hastie is working alongside Predator Free Wellington, assisting in mobilising communities into backyard trapping.

www.pfw.org.nz

Project Janszoon

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Environmental education

PROJECT JANSZOON – TOGETHER RESTORING THE ABEL TASMAN

Project Janszoon was launched in 2012 and aims to transform the ecological prospects of the Abel Tasman National Park by 2042 - the 400th anniversary of Abel "Janszoon" Tasman's discovery of New Zealand and the 100th anniversary of the national park. The project team works with the Department of Conservation, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, iwi and community to reverse incursions of predators and weeds, restore ecosystems, re-establish wildlife and strengthen community support to this population national park. 

www.janszoon.org

Rotoroa Island

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Environmental education

ROTOROA ISLAND

Rotoroa Island is a predator free wildlife sanctuary and public conservation park in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. The Rotoroa Island Trust’s vision is to care for this island sanctuary where visitors can connect with nature and be educated about conservation, while respecting the Island’s heritage as a place of recovery and renewal through its owners The Salvation Army.

Over the past 5 years, a unique partnership between the Trust and Auckland Zoo, with the support of DOC, has seen the Island populated with endangered species which require intensive wildlife management to survive and thrive. So far, kiwi, takahē, tĪeke (saddlebacks), pateke and skinks have been introduced.

The Island’s role today continues its history as a sanctuary and a retreat. For 100 years, The Salvation Army ran the Island as a place for people recovering from alcohol and drug addition. Through the generosity of Neal and Annette Plowman, in 2008 the Trust secured a 99 year lease from The Salvation Army to realise the vision of creating a wildlife sanctuary and conservation park open to the public for the first time in 100 years. Almost 10 years later, with the removal of 20,000 pine trees, the planting of 350,000 natives, and the introduction of endangered wildlife, that vision has become a reality.

Rotoroa Island already is a unique place in conservation and education in New Zealand, with the partnership with Auckland Zoo delivering a consistently oversubscribed, hands on education programme for school children.

www.rotoroa.org.nz

Taranaki Mounga

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Taranaki Mounga

Taranaki Mounga is an ambitious conservation project to secure the mountain, ranges and islands of Taranaki from pests and restore and revitalise wildlife.  NEXT Foundation has joined with Taranaki iwi chairs, the Department of Conservation and founding sponsors, Shell NZ, TSB Community Trust, Jasmine Social Investments and Landcare Research to fund the first ten years of the project.  The project will kick off with pest and weed control over 34,000 hectares which includes Egmont National Park and a small number of volcanic peaks and offshore islands. The huge advantage to the longevity of the project is the surrounding pastureland which turns the mountain into an island. Click to read more.

www.taranakimounga.nz

ZIP

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Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP)

ZIP is an initiative that will enhance our native bird life through innovative methods of predator control. It is focused on developing and trialing systems to permanently remove invasive predators – rats, stoats and possums – from large areas of mainland New Zealand and secure them against reinvasion. Click to read more.

www.zip.org.nz