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Budget 2014 commits to fighting Kauri Dieback

Scott Simpson
MP For Coromandel

May 21, 2014

Budget 2014 commits to fighting Kauri Dieback

New tracks, boardwalks and hygiene stations are all part of the Government’s plans to fight Kauri dieback disease, as outlined in Budget 2014.

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson sought more details in Parliament yesterday (May 20, 2014) about the $26.5 million plans to tackle the disease.

Scott Simpson MP says “The Conservation Minister Nick Smith told me the funding will provide over 100 kilometres of new track and 5 kilometres of new boardwalk in particularly sensitive areas.”

“We can also expect several hundred new hygiene stations in kauri forests, as well as greater pig control and investment in critical research.”

Kauri dieback disease was discovered in the Coromandel region earlier this year, in two young trees in the Whangapoua Forest/Hukarahi Conservation Area. The Coromandel is home to a third of New Zealand’s remnant Kauri.

Mr Simpson says “The majestic kauri found across the Coromandel are part of what makes our region so special. This investment shows the Government’s commitment to fighting the disease, and will ensure kauri is maintained for future generations.”

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