New manager supporting ‘courageous vision’ of predator-free island

Photo: Supplied
Photo: Supplied
Southland District Council project manager Bridget Carter takes in the views from her new workplace on Stewart Island.

The newly-appointed Southland District Council project manager feels "privileged" to assist the effort to rid  the island of unwanted pests and predators.

Mrs Carter was appointed  to support Predator Free Rakiura’s goal of eliminating rats, possums, feral cats, and hedgehogs from the island.

"This is an aspirational, ambitious and courageous vision. I feel proud to be part of the thinking.

"I hope to help connect the dots of the incredible conservation efforts, by so many, already under way on Rakiura and the Rakiura Titi islands, with the existing tools and new, exciting technologies emerging that would make a Predator Free Rakiura possible," she said.

Southland District Council received funding for Mrs Carter’s 12-month role from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Predator Free Rakiura is a collaborative effort of representatives from several Southland organisations.

- Sharon Reece

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