Department of Conservation
“After a long wait following the huge effort between 2012 and 2016 to make this project happen, we can finally celebrate success.” said Stephen Horn, DOC Antipodes Mouse Eradication Project Manager.
“It is satisfying to deliver on an initiative that we know now will have permanent benefits for one of the most special places in New Zealand. It is even more satisfying to have had such a ground swell of public support behind the work, from the people that rallied and raised money in 2012 to those who followed our progress closely in 2016 and sent messages of support, thank you and well done to you all for your participation and belief in the outcomes. We hope people have enjoyed getting to know the values of the Antipodes Islands and we look forward to building on the success of this project as we look towards the possibility of a pest-free New Zealand Subantarctic Area.”
The Morgan Foundation
“The Morgan Foundation is thrilled that the Million Dollar Mouse project has resulted in the successful eradication of mice from the Antipodes.” said Gareth Morgan, Founder of The Morgan Foundation.
” This ambitious initiative began back in 2012 with a public fundraising campaign that rallied New Zealanders’ support behind saving the endemic species of the Antipodes. We were overwhelmed with support from the public and it showed the possibility of what these conservation partnerships between DOC and the public can achieve. It has demonstrated the importance of directly engaging the public who are able to have a greater sense of ownership when their efforts are directly linked to the conservation work.”
“To have eradicated mice from the Antipodes Islands is the most incredible win for our environment.” said Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO .
“This means that the wildlife of this unique part of the world will have a chance to recover and thrive, and we are looking forward to seeing the islands flourish. WWF New Zealand would like to congratulate everyone involved: from Stephen Horn and the team on the islands through to the individuals who helped fund the project.”
“The removal of invasive species from island ecosystems is a proven way to protect biodiversity and prevent extinctions.” said Richard Griffiths, Project Director at Island Conservation.
“We are thrilled at having being able to collaborate on this monumental achievement to protect Antipode’s threatened species and look forward to partnering with the Department of Conservation on its next steps toward Predator-Free New Zealand.”