Farewell Spit aiming to be predator free

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Conservation groups and iwi are joining together to make Farewell Spit predator free.

Farewell Spit is located at the top of the South Island of Aotearoa.

A partnership has been formed between Manawhenua ki Mohua, HealthPost Nature Trust and Tasman Environmental Trust. The aim is to eradicate pests from more than 12,000 hectares stretching from Farewell Spit to the Whanganui Inlet on the West Coast.

The venture is known as the Onetahua Restoration project. It has received $250,000 from Predator Free 2050 to fund a study on the eradication.

If it goes ahead, the project is forecast to create up to 50 jobs over five years.

Currently there area number of pigs on Farewell Spit which cause issues with native plants and animals.

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