Wellington's Mayor says the city is at the forefront of a plan to make the country pest-free by 2050.
A council partnership is set to launch an all-out assault on rats, stoats and possums in the capital.
Celia Wade-Brown says it's a big step to bringing native birds back into the city.
"Wellington has had ambitions in the area of biophilic cities for a long time. We've had a lot of action both by individuals and by institutions."
Ms Wade-Brown says the plan will start with Miramar, which will be transformed into something resembling a pest-free island.
The Government says Wellington's strategy is the first step towards a pest-free New Zealand by 2050.