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Emirates Team New Zealand parades the streets after winning the America’s Cup Continued from page 1. It was the first time the team had won since 2000, when New Zealand successfully defended the cup under skipper Sir Peter Blake. New Zealand would now host

the next America’s Cup in 2021. The team met at Parliament where they were greeted by Sport and Recreation Minister Jonathan Coleman and Assistant Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard.

Mr Coleman told the team how proud the country was of them. “This is the most important sporting triumph we have had probably since the last time we won it,” he said.

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“This cup is an enormous magnet for New Zealand,” Mr Mallard added. “It’s getting people to come here that wouldn’t normally come here.” Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Glenn Ashby thanked the crowds for their support. “Thank you for making us feel important. “The next job for us is to start thinking about the future.” Worser Bay Boating Club’s champion Josh had the opportunity to thank his fans and fellow Wellingtonians at the closing ceremony at Civic Square following the parade. “For all the people in Wellington to come out and support us is just amazing, especially to receive that support in Bermuda so thank you so much,” he said.  Did you attend the America’s Cup parade? What did you think? Let us know at emma@ wsn.co.nz

Towards a Predator Free city Eighty-four per cent of Wellingtonians are supportive of ridding the city of rats, stoats, weasels and possums, according to a recent survey by Predator Free Wellington. Predator Free Wellington is a project aiming to increase native wildlife by making Wellington City the first predator free capital city in the world. It is supported by Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and NEXT Foundation. As part of the project’s initial planning phase a survey was undertaken to understand the preferences and attitudes of residents towards predator eradication. The survey found the major-

ity of residents were generally pro-predator management, and two out of three residents were willing to be actively involved in the project. Wellington City Council predator free portfolio leader, Councillor Andy Foster said the results were encouraging. “Because Predator Free Wellington is such a big project, its success will very much be driven by backyard trappers. “The benefits of becoming a predator free city will be something that Wellingtonians can be really proud of, and it’s great to have their enthusiasm affirmed though the survey results.” Initially the focus was on developing a plan to eradicate

rats, weasels and stoats from the Miramar Peninsula and would then extend throughout Wellington. The peninsula was chosen as the initial area of focus as it has been possum free since 2006 and as a peninsula is more easily defendable from predator reinvasion. Project director, James Willcocks said Predator Free Wellington would support and connect community groups across Wellington who could assist in the vision. “We’ll work to address the concerns of the 16 per cent of residents who were less supportive or wanted more detail by providing plenty of information about the benefits

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of a predator free city when we launch our website.” He said the survey showed supply of traps was one of the biggest issues confronting ongoing involvement with the public. “We’ll start by making traps available to predator free groups through a staged approach from August onwards, starting on the Miramar Peninsula. “The focus on Miramar with the initial eradication proposal provides the opportunity to trial, learn and adapt as we progress.”  For more information about the Predator Free Wellington project visit www.wellington. govt.nz/predatorfree

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