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Company launched to tackle predators

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/11/2016

A board has been appointed to the company expected to make New Zealand predator free by 2050.

Predator Free 2050 Ltd was officially established with a board of nine on Tuesday, five months after the government committed to a plan to eradicate rats, stoats and possums from New Zealand.

"This company, and its leadership, will be absolutely integral to the success of the Predator Free 2050 programme," Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said.

More than $3 billion is expected to be invested in the eradication plan over the next three decades.

The newly established company will receive $6 million a year from government and $10 million from business, local government and philanthropists on top of the current $70 million a year predator control funding.

Landcare Research and NZ Post chairwoman Jane Taylor will lead the nine-person board which is expected to meet for the first time in January.

"The directors have been chosen for their wide range of skills and cross-sector experience. I have absolute confidence they are the right people for the job," Ms Barry said.

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