Alison Ballance

Panel MC

Zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer and broadcaster Alison Ballance will use her environmental expertise to MC our panel: Predator Free New Zealand, a dream or reality?

The panel is part of the Tuesday morning session that’s focused on tiaki (protect) and entitled Achieving a predator free New Zealand. Are we dreaming?

It’s a critical question as many of our native and endemic species sit on the brink of extinction – largely due to the presence of devastating small mammal predators in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The panellists debating this hot topic (two more to be confirmed) are: 

  • Campbell Leckie: Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
  • Bruce Warburton: Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
  • Nicola Toki: Department of Conservation

Alison joined Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment programme Our Changing World in 2008, after 18 years producing and directing wildlife documentaries for Dunedin-based production company NHNZ.

She combines her search for great location-based radio stories with her passion for islands, remote wilderness and natural history, and despite getting seasick this quest has taken her to the four furthest points of New Zealand’s compass: Kermadec islands to the north, the Chathams to the east, Scott Base to the far south and West Cape in Fiordland to the west.

Alison produced the award-winning Voice of the Iceberg podcast series, collaborated with This Way Up on the award-winning The Science Of… podcast series and has written 29 books. In 2017, she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to natural history, film-making and broadcasting.

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