Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


$26.5m over four years to protect kauri

$26.5m over four years to protect kauri

The Government is investing $15.8 million of operating funding and $10.7 million of capital funding over the next four years to ramp up measures to protect New Zealand’s magnificent kauri forests from the dieback disease.

“Kauri is an iconic species for New Zealand and one of the oldest and largest organisms on earth. Kauri dieback is a significant threat to their survival and we need to ramp up our efforts to protect these magnificent trees,” Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

Kauri dieback disease is caused by a microscopic, fungus-like organism which infects the tree’s roots and damages the tissues that carry nutrients and water within the tree, effectively starving it to death.

Nearly all infected trees die and there is no known cure, although research is currently under way. The disease has been found in Northland, the Waitakere Ranges, Great Barrier Island, and most recently in the Coromandel.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy says the disease has been in New Zealand since the 1950s, but was not formally identified until 2008.

“The Kauri Dieback Management Programme, which is a partnership between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), the Department of Conservation (DOC), Auckland Council, Northland Regional Council, Waikato Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, and northern tangata whenua, was set up with funding from Budget 2009 through to June 2014.

“This new funding follows an independent review of the programme in 2013,” Mr Guy says.

Budget 2014 provides $10.9 million for DOC operational costs over four years, $10.7 million for DOC capital costs for tracks, boardwalks and hygiene stations and $4.9 million for MPI over four years for research and management tools, as well as surveillance and co-ordination of the disease response.

“This new funding will enable DOC to upgrade 100 kilometres of high-use tracks through kauri forests, construct five kilometres of boardwalk to keep visitors away from the root system of the trees, and install over 300 hygiene stations to reduce the risk of the disease spreading,” Dr Smith says.

“This is in addition to the significant resources that DOC already contributes to the programme.”

New funding of $1.2 million a year for MPI will go towards its leadership and management of the programme.

“It will aim to keep the disease out of important forests, protect iconic individual trees such as Tāne Mahuta, and maintain effective working partnerships among the Crown agencies, iwi, regional authorities and community groups,” Mr Guy says.

“The significant increase in funding confirms our determination to ensure the survival of our magnificent kauri forests for future generations.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news