ZIP 2020 Annual Report

Zero Invasive Predators has released its 2020 Annual Report. The report outlines progress on the Perth River Valley project where ZIP has undertaken the biggest ever mainland predator eradication p...

NEXT announces new cohort of Fellows

NEXT is delighted to support seven Fellows over the next year in various educational and environmental fields. Read the full publication here.

Predator Free NZ 2050 Limited announces new CEO

Abbie Reynolds has been appointed CEO of Predator Free NZ 2050 Limited. Abbie is the former Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council and takes over the role next month. Photo credi...

NEXT Newsletter – August 2020

Kia ora friend of NEXT He rangi tā matawhāiti, he rangi tā matawhānui A person with narrow vision has a restricted horizon, a person with wide vision has plenty of opportunities. Looking for...

Protecting the Environment from Mounga to Moana

Taranaki Mounga DOC Ranger Tama Blackburn loves his Waitara community. He describes his connection to Koro Taranaki, and his community volunteering efforts with Waitara taiao (natural environment) and...

Taiohi Enhance their Connection to Koro Taranaki

Tiki Toa, is a fabulous programme for intermediate children of Taranaki - focussing on their connection to to Taranaki Mounga, the taiao (natural environment) and Te Ao Māori (Maori world view) to sup...

South Taranaki Students Sound Off on Stoats

Students from Auroa School in South Taranaki are helping provide a safe haven for endangered species on Taranaki Mounga. They have developed a solar powered audio system to lure stoats into traps - an...

Making a START Toward a Rewarding Future

Trevor Walker - Trevor is from START Taranaki, a programme that supports young men in the youth justice system. Trev has found a new happy place - on the Mounga, where he is building traps and cutting...

Project Janszoon – Saving Rare Native Snails

The Abel Tasman National Park is home to two rare native snails - including a critically endangered species. In this video NEXT supported environmental initiative Project Janszoon looks at the intense...

NEXT appoints Environmental Operations Director

NEXT Foundation has announced it has appointed an Environmental Operations Director. Stephen Hall has more than 20 years experience in natural resource management, and will take up the role in Octo...

Elliot Bay saved from development

Iconic national surf beach Elliot Bay has been saved from development - with the Ipipiri Nature Conservancy Trust managing to secure a deal in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. NEXT is one of many ...

Covid-19 Opinion – What’s NEXT?

Our Relationship with Nature in the age of Covid-19 By Devon McLean NEXT Environmental Advisor What would happen in New Zealand if we applied the mutual care attitude we adopted during the Covi...

NEXT Newsletter – April 2020

Kia ora friend of NEXT. Welcome to the NEXT newsletter “Lockdown edition” - we hope you and your families are safe and well during these challenging times. Just as Aotearoa New Zealand was enter...

Farewell to Sir Rob Fenwick, KNZM KStJ

NEXT Foundation is saddened to hear of the loss of iconic environmentalist Sir Rob Fenwick, KNZM KStJ. Sir Rob was a valued mentor and friend of the NEXT Foundation team, a regular guest speaker ...

High tech mainland predator control success

Zero Invasive Predators - a NEXT environmental investment - has just completed a successful predator eradication operation on mainland New Zealand. The Perth River Valley project is groundbreaking - ...


Residents in the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington might be getting their best christmas present ever - after a huge eradication project by Predator Free Wellington - one of NEXT’s environmental investm...

Giving while Living

Kea has profiled Neal and Annette Plowman and NEXT foundation in their end of year newsletter as part of a feature on a Giving in New Zealand. Read more here.

NEXT announces inaugural fellowships

The fellows, who will be supported for a year, will undertake research in two of NEXT’s investment focus areas, the first 1,000 days of life, and healthy rivers. Read the article here.

Taranaki Mounga Annual Report 2019

Taranaki Mounga - one of NEXT’s environmental investments, has published its annual report highlighting progress in this project which is restoring the biodiversity on the Mounga and its surrounds. ...

Te Manahuna Aoraki publishes Annual Report 2019

Te Manahuna Aoraki - one of NEXT’s environmental investments, has published its inaugural annual report. In its first year it has focused on providing a safer environment for the birds that live in th...

Te Manahuna Aoraki predator catch exceeds 1,000

The Te Manahuna Aorkai environmental initiative - which NEXT invests in - has caught more than 1,000 predators in its first year of operation. The project has counted rats, possums, hedgehogs, musteli...

Goats gone on Taranaki Mounga?

For more than one hundred years conservation authorities have been trying to eradicate feral goats from Taranaki Mounga. Now a thermal imagine exercise has found no evidence of any goats. Does this me...

Storytelling as a tool for reflection

NEXT turned five earlier this year, which represents the half way point of it’s ten year life as a spend down foundation. Since then I’ve been reflecting on the NEXT journey, and in particular the imp...

Voices of grant partners

A learning journey Three independent evaluations of NEXT from a grant partner (‘partner’) perspective will occur over the ten year life of the Foundation. The first happened in 2016 and the secon...

NEXT Governance

NEXT’s approach to governance NEXT founders Neal and Annette Plowman wanted a board that was small, flexible and philosophically aligned, with people they knew and trusted The thinking in the ...

Selecting grant partners

NEXT’s approach to selecting partners NEXT Foundation launched in March 2014 and three months later ran it’s first expression of interest (EOI) round, calling nationally for applications in the a...

Predator free Wellington impact report

Do you know how many Wellingtonians support a Predator Free Wellington , how many communities have set up predator free groups and how many rodents have been caught? All these details and more in the...

Takahē love triangle on Rotoroa Island

A love match is playing out on NEXT environmental initiative Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf. Two takahē, Silberhorn and Hawkeye have been set up in the hope they will mate and develop the geneti...

Kea – balancing pest control and conservation

The endangered and adored alpine parrot the kea is caught in the middle of a fine balancing act. Conservationists need to eliminate predators without harming the birds.It’s been a challenge - especial...

Romance on Rotoroa Island
From Rotoroa Island

A carefully choreographed love match is taking place at Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf this week – all in the name of conservation. Silberhorn, the matriarch of the takahē population at the wi...

Monster rats in Wellington

Monster rats are on a destructive rampage in Wellington and residents are being urged to protect their homes. On the hunt for food the rats are destroying bait stations and chewing through house pi...

Top Of The South hui tackles sustainability

"Think globally, act locally, do personally" - NEXT environmental director Jan Hania at a "top of the south" hui discussing strategies for sustainability of food production in the region. This report ...

ZIP Perth Valley Operation Decimating Predators

Initial findings from an ambitous research project by Zero Invasive Predators in the Perth Valley on the West Coast appear to be successful. Possum numbers have dramatically reduced - from around 10,...

Birdlife returning to Taranaki

A year on from the announcement of Predator Free Taranaki - predator numbers are down and birdsong is starting to return. “The project has gone beyond targets. One of the biggest surprises was the amo...

Partnerships & Collaboration – Te Manahuna Aoraki

Te Manahuna Aoraki is a collaboration between government, iwi, private landowners, philanthropists and community to restore the biodiversity of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki/Mount Cook National...

NEXT – Reflecting on our first five years

NEXT is celebrating its halfway mark - we are five years into our 10 year project. NEXT is privileged to work with some of New Zealand’s most inspiring people and projects - who are transforming our e...

New Funding for a Predator Free NZ

Predator Free 2050 Ltd has announced new funding available for some regions, and for developing new predator free tools and technologies.

Sir David Attenborough Gives PFNZ2050 the Thumbs Up

Iconic environmentalist Dir David Attenborough has given New Zealand’s ambitious plans to become Predator Free the the thumbs up – telling our Prime Minister Jacinda Arden that the “knees of rats shake when New Zealand is near.

Project Janszoon Under The Spotlight During Royal Visit

NEXT environmental initiative Project Janszoon – which
is restoring the biodiversity in the Abel Tasman National
Park- came in for special attention this week when A list
royals Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan visited the

Rat Cunning in the Capital

Are rats using storm water drains to get around Wellington? That report and more updates in the latest edition of a Predator Free Wellington’s newsletter.

Read More

No Rat is Safe in Wellington – Not Even in Student Flats

Wellington city is on a mission to become the first
Predator Free City in the world – and no rat is safe-
not even in student flats! A group called Traplordz
has been formed to tackle the rats in students flats-
as this report in Stuff explains.

Major Funding Boost For Predator Free Wellington

Predator Free Wellington’s vision to be
the first capital city in the world to be
Predator Free got a boost this week –
to the tune of $3.2million.
Predator Free NZ 2050 Ltd announced
the financial support to the initiative
founded two years ago by NEXT, the
Wellington City Council and the Greater
Wellington Regional Council.

Omata School Children Help Locate Predators At Taranaki Mounga Project

A group of school children from Omaha
School west of New Plymouth are playing
detectives to help the Taranaki Mounga project. They are
trawling through hours of video footage to help
locate where the predators are – so the
Taranaki Mounga team know where
to target their trapping efforts.

Kea World Class NZ – Full List of Winners

Philanthropy, arts, science and technology – Kea has published it’s full list
of winners of the 2018 World Class NZ awards – where NEXT founders
Neal and Annette Plowman took out the Supreme Award.