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Pest-free island ‘will create jobs’

A predator-free Stewart Island will create jobs and increase the island’s population as well as result in World Heritage status, the project’s backers say. This would help ensure the community became large enough to be provided with basic services and could help spread the costs of generating electricity. The Department of Conservation was now working […]

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Public meeting at the Stewart Island Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Stewart Island residents can tonight grill Gareth Morgan about his dream to make the island predator free. Morgan, a philanthropist and anti-cat campaigner, leads the Predator Free Rakiura governance group, which is holding a public meeting at the Stewart Island Community Centre at 7.30pm. Morgan yesterday said the predator free group had completed reports on […]

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Pest-free island ‘would attract tourists’

A multimillion-dollar plan to make Stewart Island predator free has the potential to attract as many tourists as Milford Sound, Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt says. At a Venture Southland joint committee meeting yesterday, Mr Shadbolt said he last week met environmental campaigner Gareth Morgan, who is behind eradicating feral cats, rats and possums from Stewart […]

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Residents back plan to investigate predator-free Stewart Island

A plan to make Stewart Island New Zealand’s first predator-free human-inhabited island will enter the next phase after a positive response from island residents. At a public meeting in October, environmental campaigner Gareth Morgan asked the Stewart Island community whether it wanted to further investigate the plan to eradicate feral cats, rats and possums. Of […]

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Gareth Morgan: make Stewart Island pest-free (TV3)

Wellington philanthropist Gareth Morgan has announced his latest project: to make the whole of Stewart Island predator-free. But the island’s 400 residents, particuarly cat owners, aren’t so sure. Stewart Island’s birds, beaches and bush are ignored by all but the most determined of tourists. Now Mr Morgan has hatched a plan he says will to […]

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Predator-free Stewart Island ‘up to residents’

Stewart Island residents have two weeks to decide if they want to make Stewart Island New Zealand’s first predator-free human-inhabited island. Environmental campaigner Gareth Morgan outlined his vision for the eradication of wild cats, rats and possums on Stewart Island to residents at a community meeting on Tuesday. Morgan Foundation researcher Geoff Simmons said yesterday […]

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