It is with great pleasure that I send out the Soundbites for the year of 2018. For most of us this time of the year is a mix of trying to get everything completed at work on time and planning what we are doing with our families over the up-coming festive season.

The electronic newsletter of the Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) reporting on invasives news from PILN teams and the Pacific region.

Work is based around country visits by the network coordinator to support PILN teams to identify and take strategic action to manage their priority invasive species. The network is functioning by sharing awareness of successful activities being earned out by the teams, providing the mechanism for other teams to do the same, and actively encouraging them to do so.

The Pacific Invasives Initiative (PII) is a sister partnership based at Auckland University which shares 6 partners with PILN. The goal of the PII is to contribute to conserving island biodiversity and enhancing the sustainability of island livelihoods by minimizing the spread and impacts of invasive species in the Pacific region. This is achieved by increasing support and developing capacity in the region for managing the impacts of these species.