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Kiwi drones helping save island

A Kiwi start-up has attracted international attention for its role in the world's first operation using drones to make an island rat-free.

The effort, under way this month in Ecuador's famous Galápagos National Park, is prompting questions over the part drones might play in New Zealand's war on pest predators.

North Seymour Island – comparable in size to the Hauraki Gulf's Motuihe Island – and nearby Mosquera Islet are important nesting sites for species such as frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gull on the planet.

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