Kelvin Hastie

Keynote speaker

Kelvin Hastie, Community Champion

Kelvin’s mantra is – if we all work together, anything can happen – with this driving his predator-free mission that began in September 2014. His aim: to put an end to cyclical pest control in his community.

One year later, Crofton Downs Predator Free was named New Zealand’s first predator-free community.

The success of the project – built on the four pillars of empowerment, place, visualisation and open data – sparked his enthusiasm to scale-up.

With the assistance of the NEXT Foundation, a partnership was formed with Wellington’s city and regional councils, and Predator Free 2050 Ltd, and the concept of Predator Free Wellington became reality. In June 2019, the first official stage beyond the community work will begin on the Miramar Peninsula, with the removal of rats and mustelids.

Kelvin has been assisting Biosecurity 2025 on a goal to get 4.7 million people working in biosecurity, with a view of this community-led model being utilised across the wider biosecurity landscape.

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