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Jobs for Nature Supports Predator Free South Westland

We're grateful for the support that the Jobs for Nature program is providing Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel, as we & many other South Westland businesses navigate our way through the economic impacts of COVID-19. 

An ambitious project to restore nature and sustain jobs in COVID-hit South Westland represents the biggest step yet on mainland Aotearoa towards the Predator Free 2050 goal, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says.

Predator Free South Westland will be an exemplar for how to achieve predator-free status more widely across the country", says Conservation Minister Kiri Allan

The project’s goal is to remove possums, rats and stoats from a 100,000 hectare area of public and private land from the mountains to the sea, a massive leap from the original 12,000 hectare site behind Whataroa. 

The five-year $45 million project is being supported by $24 million from DOC.

Jobs for Nature support will allow locals affected by the pandemic to remain in South Westland whilst helping to carry out a ground-breaking project which will both protect and restore the area’s natural heritage, reinforcing its status as part of Te Wāhipounamu – South Westland World Heritage area.

Eliminating predators from these diverse landscapes will require a range of approaches – from ‘boots on the ground’ labour to innovative trapping, baiting and detection techniques.

Up to 50 jobs are expected to be created over the project’s five years. Ultimately it is hoped the project will bring about an end to the ongoing widespread use of aerial 1080 to control predators within the region.

“Doing this work at a large scale is an opportunity to reposition this unique place in a post-Covid world, while at the same time delivering some very real social and economic benefits and creating a significant biodiversity legacy for this area.” Kiri Allan said.

The Distinction Fox Glacier Hotel team are currently assisting the Department of Conservation with monitoring web cameras for The Predator Guild Shifts Project & building predator traps for The Paparoa Wildlife Trust. In October 2021 our hotel & some other South Westland businesses shared their Jobs for Nature stories. Pour yourself a cuppa & have a watch of the video and read of the newsletter below... 
We're grateful for the support that the Jobs for Nature program is providing Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel, as we & many other South Westland businesses navigate our way through the economic impacts of COVID-19. Jobs for Nature support will allow locals affected by the pandemic to remain in South Westland whilst helping to carry out a ground-breaking project which will both protect and restore the area’s natural heritage.
Jobs for Nature Supports Predator Free South Westland
Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka HotelJobs for Nature Supports Predator Free South Westland
Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka HotelJobs for Nature Supports Predator Free South Westland
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