Our vision is to create a vibrant City Sanctuary for Dunedin where wildlife thrives, and communities are leading city-wide predator control.

We want to see Dunedin become the first city to normalise community-led, city-wide predator control in backyards and public reserves

City Sanctuary is one of three Predator Free Dunedin projects and is being delivered by Dunedin City Council.

Our small team is based at Verger's Cottage along with Predator Free Dunedin, the Halo Project, and the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group.

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Our team

Catherine Hosted — Operations Supervisor

With a background in habitat restoration, Catherine has years of experience creating healthier native habitat for our taonga/treasured wildlife to thrive.

Catherine joins the team from Dunedin City Council and the Department of Conservation where she worked as the volunteer project facilitator, supporting community groups to grow their conservation efforts, develop new volunteering opportunities, and connect more people with conservation.

Catherine is most looking forward to seeing how urban communities and residents take ownership of this great challenge and lead the way towards making Dunedin City predator free!

Kate Tanner - Community Coordinator

With a background in marine protection, predator control, linguistics and volunteer management, Kate is passionate about working with people from all walks of life to achieve conservation outcomes for Ōtepoti/Dunedin.

Kate joins the team after working for the Halo Project – Beyond Orokonui and the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group where she managed and coordinated conservation volunteers. She has also worked for the Department of Conservation to coordinate the South-East Marine Protection Forum and with the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.

Kate is super excited to be on the City Sanctuary team and looks forward to engaging with local communities toward achieving Predator Free Dunedin’s city-wide mission.

Kimberley Collins — Community Engagement Facilitator

With a background in science communication and ecology, Kimberley is passionate about telling conservation stories that motivate people to do good and make change.

Kimberley joins the team after working for herself running a company supporting conservation organisations with marketing and communications. She has worked with a range of organisations including Forest & Bird, Zealandia Ecosanctuary and iNaturalist NZ — Mātaki Taiao.

She is most excited about making it easy, fun, and accessible for people in the Dunedin City area to protect native wildlife with predator control in their backyards and at local reserves.