Wellington Mayor backs 'biophilic' move to eradicate pests

Celia Wade-Brown (Getty)
Celia Wade-Brown (Getty)

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.