I’m really proud as a Green Minister that there is significant new funding in Budget 2018 to save our wildlife from predators like rats, stoats and possums. An extra $81.28 million over four years will protect New Zealand’s precious native birds in the biggest area ever- a whopping 1.85 million hectares.
Our native birds, insects and plants are what make this country unique. The Greens in Government are achieving real change by saving the wildlife we all love and want to see protected for future generations.
We have a biodiversity crisis where 82 per cent of native birds are threatened with, or at risk of extinction. We need to invest in comprehensive predator control in order to save our special wildlife like kiwis.
This funding boost will mean the Department of Conservation will be able to undertake sustained predator control on 1.85 million hectares of land. That’s about the size of the size of Northland and Auckland combined and is the largest area of land to undergo sustained Predator Control ever in NZ! It will not only be bigger but is better as it will target rats and stoats, not just possums.
After years of neglect and piecemeal funding, Budget 2018 is backing nature. It ensures DOC can plan ahead with secure funding to target the predators that are devastating New Zealand’s unique species.
This is a big win for the Green Party, but more importantly it is a huge win for our birds, insects and our plant life.