'Plague proportion': New Zealand’s wallaby hunters cull invasive species

Wallabies were brought from Australia to New Zealand in 1870 and were later released for hunting. Now, skilled hunters like Pete Peeti can shoot 100 of the invasive marsupials in a night. But with millions of hectares infested, some fear control efforts are too late. ‘The wallaby has reached plague proportions,’ Peeti says. Wallabies eat the native shrubs, hindering native plants and wildlife from flourishing. ‘Here in Aotearoa, we love Aussies visiting us', Peeti said. 'But one thing we don’t like is the wallaby – they can have it back.'