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.

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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.

Closing the ZIP on Possums

Wilderness magazine reports on the latest
innovations from NEXT supported Zero Invasive
Predators, and how they are applying new
tools and techniques to eradicating
predators from a test site in Perth
Valley, Westland.

Taranaki Region Receives $11m from PFNZ 2050 Ltd to Become First Predator Free Region

A large-scale predator project, the biggest of its kind in New Zealand, was launched in Taranaki today supported by more than $11 million from the Government.
Taranaki aims to be the first predator-free region in the country under the project, called Taranaki Taku Tūranga – Our Place, Towards a Predator-Free Taranaki and is led by the Taranaki Regional Council.

The Power of Two: ZIP Chief Executive, Al Bramley, on the DOC/NEXT Collaboration

Zero Invasive Predators Chief Executive, Al Bramley, shares his insights on the Power of Two – the collaboration
between the Department of Conservation and NEXT
to form ZIP.

Al details the journey of ZIP as it
develops tools and techniques to remove predators
from the mainland – and shares his belief that the PFNZ 2050 will
happen – but it will take the power of many.

NEXT Celebrates Four Years – Update on EOI Process

NEXT Foundation is celebrating four years since its launch in 2014 – and now supports sixteen environmental and education initiatives.

Thirteen of those investments have been made since the foundation’s inception – and three are continuing support for projects started before NEXT’s launch.

WHIO Census at Taranaki Mounga

Department of Conservation rangers and their conservation dogs
Tai and Marti have been conducting their own census – counting
endangered whio ducklings at the NEXT supported environmental
initiative Taranaki Mounga.

Mainland Predator Eradication Project Planned for Perth River

A new predator control project is in the pipeline which
could be significant in New Zealand’s ambitous goal to
be Predator Free by 2050. NEXT supported Zero Invasive
Predators is planning an intensive operation near Whataroa – where
the Perth River could act as a natural barrier to keep predators
out – forever.

Tai – Secret Canine Weapon at Taranaki Mounga Project

Tai has been successfully sniffing out whio in Taranaki. He is one of the first Conservation Dogs certified to locate whio in the region and has helped to locate a record number of 64 whio chicks on eight rivers this season.

The Tomorrow Accord – The Shape of Conservation to Come

“The Tomorrow Accord has emerged as a
blueprint for private/public conservation that
is … probably here to stay”. Wilderness
magazine reports on the groundbreaking
agreement between the Government and
NEXT Foundation to ensure environmental
gains are guaranteed by future governments.

Mount Taranaki Granted Same Legal Rights As A Person

The NZ Government has granted the iconic
Taranaki mountain a “legal personality.” The Chairman of
the NEXT supported Taranaki Mounga project; and Chief negotiator
for the Taranaki iwi Jamie Tuuta has described it as “significant to
Maori people nationwide.

Project Janszoon Annual Report

Project Janszoon; a NEXT supported environmental initiative
restoring Abel Tasman National Park, has
published its 2017 annual report.

Click here to read the report.

Project Janszoon Celebrates Five Years

Project Janszoon – a NEXT environmental
initiative is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
The project is a collaboration between the
Department of Conservation; The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust
iwi and community to restore the Abel Tasman National

Collaboration in Action on Taranaki Mounga

Taranaki Mounga is gradually
being brought back to life – He Kawa Ora.
The NEXT supported project is large scale and ambitious –
but all parts of the community are collaborating
to slowly turn the vision
into reality.

Zero Invasive Predators Trial in South Westland

NEXT supported environmental
initiative ZIP has had some great
success in a predator eradication
trial in South Westland.
The aim was to rid the area completely
of rats and possums using a modified
method of aerial predator control.

Eradication Nation

“If any country can pull off an eradication blitzkrieg
New Zealand can..” International recognition for
New Zealand’s ambitious Predator free 2050 goal
in an article in bioGraphic, part of the California
Academy of Science.

Rotoroa Island at the Vanguard of Conservation – Philippe Cousteau

NEXT environmental initiative Rotoroa
Island has been praised by visiting filmmaker
and conservationist Philippe Cousteau as being
at “the vanguard of conservation”.
Cousteau – grandson of environmental icon
Jacques Cousteau – was visiting the island
to film a programme for Xploration Station.

Cacophony Project Update

In this newsletter – The Cacophony Project reveals developments with a high resolution heat camera to better detect predators. It’s part of its mission to bring information technology into predator management.

Collaboration key to Predator Free NZ

Naturalist and environmental advocate Ruud Kleinpaste talks to NewstalkZB about how collaboration is the key for a Predator Free NZ. NEXT Predator Free Community Champion Kelvin Hastie and the Wellington City Predator Free Project come in for special mention.

Kiwi release and monitoring on Taranaki Mounga

Taranaki Mounga and Taranaki Kiwi Trust have teamed
up to give kiwis released onto the Mounga a better
chance of survival.
As this video shows, some of the kiwis released onto the Mounga this month have been fitted with transmitters
for better protection.

Zero Invasive Predators Update – Annual Report 2017

New innovations in possum trapping,
rat detection and new prescriptions for
1080 are highlighted in the ZIP annual
report published this week.
NEXT invests in ZIP – which
is at the forefront of developing new technology
to assist with the challenge of New Zealand
being Predator Free by 2050.

Takahē population reaches 300

The endangered takahē – once thought to
be extinct, has now reached a population of 300.
Radio NZ reports on the history and recovery efforts
of this unique species.
NEXT’s environmental initiative Rotoroa Island is home
to a breeding pair of takahē and a chick as part of an innovative
conservation programme between DOC, Auckland Zoo and Rotoroa Island.

September 2017

In the NEXT September Newsletter we highlight our education investment in the First 1000 days
with an opinion piece from the Children’s Commissioner; and some technology trials in Talking Matters.
We also bring you an environmental update from Project Janszoon and introduce some young Canterbury songwriters
in our Meet the Musicians series.

Kelvin Hastie joins MPI Biosecurity Working Group

NEXT Predator Free Community Champion Kelvin Hastie has joined the Ministry for Primary Industries Biosecurity 2025 4.7million Strategic Direction Working Group.

In this article he talks of parallels in his new role with the work he has been doing supporting Wellington community groups with backyard trapping.

Predator Free Wellington Update

The NEXT supported initiative to establish Wellington as the first
Predator Free capital city in the world is gaining momentum.
This Predator Free Wellington newsletter updates information
on the project – including progress on the Miramar Peninsula.

Predator Free NZ 2050 – one year on

New Zealand is one year into its mission of becoming Predator Free by 2050. The Department of Conservation reflects on what’s happened in the 12 months – including updates on NEXT initiatives Taranaki Mounga, Project Janszoon, NEXT Predator Free Community Champion Kelvin Hastie, The Cacophony Project and Zero Invasive Predators.

NEXT July Update

In the NEXT July update … we bring you a new sixty second video This is NEXT ; news on an investment in The Cacophony Project; a story on the return of absent residents on Taranaki Mounga; and a profile on one of our musician friends from Play it Strange.

NEXT Foundation and ZIP Invest in Cacophony Project

Could sound lures and artificial intelligence be key tools in New Zealand becoming Predator Free? NEXT Foundation and Zero Invasive Predators is delighted to announce it is investing in the Cacophony Project – a research and development open sourced initiative using information technology in conservation.

Taranaki Mounga wins Green Ribbon Award

NEXT environmental initiative Taranaki Mounga has been honoured with a prestigious Green Ribbon Award.

The project, a collaboration restoring the biodiversity to the National Park, won the Philanthropy and Partnership category.

Native Birds in Desperate Situation, says Environment Commissioner

NEXT CEO Bill Kermode welcomed
the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report on Saving New Zealand’s Birds released today.

“The report’s title – Taonga of an island nation – appropriately highlights the importance of our native birdlife to who we are as a nation” he said.

End of an Era for Rotoroa Island Trust Chair Barrie Brown

NEXT environmental initiative the Rotoroa Island Trust has farewelled its Chairman Barrie Brown.
Barrie has stepped down after a decade at the helm – and oversaw the transition from being
a former Salvation Army drug and rehabilitation centre to the conservation park and wildlife
sanctuary it is today.

Toutouwai release at Taranaki Mounga Project

A milestone for Taranaki Mounga project, one of the environmental initiatives NEXT invests in.

The Mounga has some new residents … following a successful relocation of the toutouwai or New Zealand robin from Pureora Forest Park to Mt Taranaki.

Vision for a Predator Free NZ 2050 – NEXT Outlook by Sir Rob Fenwick

NEXT environmental advisor Sir Rob Fenwick has declared a call to arms to protect our country – in a national battle against invasive predators.

In a speech for NEXT Outlook Sir Robert says toxins and genetics should be part of the weaponry – but with the right careful but bold strategy a Predator Free New Zealand can be a reality.

NEXT Foundation Board Update

NEXT Foundation has today confirmed its Chairman Chris Liddell is stepping down as non-executive Chairman. Chris’ resignation follows his appointment as Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the United States Administration.