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New Zealand has declared on pests. It wants to make the predator-free by 2050. Its target is to remove all non-native species from the country within three . Prime Minister John Key says he will introduce to kill introduced , especially predators that kill New Zealand's native birds. He said: "Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 of our native birds every year, and prey on other native species such as ….We must do more to protect them." His government has given $28 million to a that will help action his .

Mr Key said: "This is the most ambitious project attempted in the world, but we believe if we all work as a country, we can achieve it." It will take all the of the private and public as well as community groups. New Zealanders do not want more of their country's native birds to become . When European arrived 300 years ago, they brought with them rats and other predators that have killed many different birds. The country's bird, the kiwi, is now under . Only five per cent of kiwi chicks survive to .

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