Dunedin gets $4.3 million funding to help rid city of pests that threaten native wildlife

Dunedin is getting a $4.33 million cash injection from Predator Free 2050 to help rid the city of animal pests.

The funding is part of the five-year, $15 million Predator Free Dunedin project.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage in Dunedin launched Predator Free Dunedin today.

"The Dunedin and wider Otago community has already shown its conservation leadership, with successful projects like Orokonui Ecosanctuary and Orokonui Halo," Ms Sage said.

"I look forward to seeing the return to the city of healthier populations of native plants and wildlife and a continued increase in public involvement in creating safe spaces for our distinctive indigenous species."

The project will be used to support community-led initiatives, aiming to eradicate stoats, possums and rats, a major threat to the native wildlife.

"Predator Free Dunedin is an impressive, grand coalition with capacity to make a huge difference," Predator Free 2050 chairman Ed Chignell said.

"We want to ensure the city remains New Zealand's wildlife capital and are investing big in people power to achieve that."

With $15m already in the kitty, Otago Regional Council will also contribute $1.5m over five years, while Dunedin City Council will add a further $850,000.

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