$5m to tackle rabbit ‘ground zero’ in the Mackenzie Basin – Morning Report

Te Manahuna Aoraki Project Chair Dr Jan Wright talks to Radio New Zealand's Kim Hill about an inspiring conservation project to rid the Upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park of predators.

The Mackenzie Basin’s long been regarded as “ground zero” for being ravaged by rabbits, but it’s hoped new funding could change that.


The Te Manahuna Aoraki Project’s getting $5 million to take out the hopping pests, which could starve others who prey on them.


The end goal – to rid pests from 310,000 hectares of alpine and tussock land.


Project chair Dr Jan Wright spoke to Kim Hill.