When NEXT was launched four years ago the very first initiative to receive funding was Zero Invasive Predators. ZIP is a collaboration between the Department of Conservation and NEXT to develop tools and technology to eradicate possums, rats and stoats from the mainland, and keep them out – without fences.
Fast forward to 2018 and ZIP is about to undertake its first big test on the mainland – ridding the Perth Valley in South Westland of possums – forever. It’s been an incredible journey for the ZIP team and its leader Chief Executive Al Bramley – and in this newsletter he shares his story in our NEXT Outlook series: The Power of Two – collaboration between Government and philanthropy for a nature rich New Zealand. Read more.