700,000 hectares of land in Taranaki will be sliced up into manageable bites to help the region become predator-free by 2050. Yesterday at Pukeiti the Taranaki Regional Council launched the programme with $11 million from the government.

The ambitious project will use technology and new trapping methods to target stoats, rats and possums.

It will be the largest predator-free project of its kind in New Zealand.