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


South Westland Kiwi In Trouble

20 June 1999

The Haast kiwi or tokoeka is under threat of extinction, with few birds found in a recent survey, according to Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Speaking to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society's annual conference in Wellington yesterday, she called on the Government to give the Conservation Department more money to ensure endangered species such as the Haast kiwi survived.

She also expressed disappointment the Government had kept quiet about the decimation of the Haast kiwi, thought to be caused mostly by stoats.

"A pre-Budget announcement of $6 million for stoat control amounts to only $1 million a year, and that's for the whole country," Ms Fitzsimons said. "With so much of our wildlife under threat from predators, that money is just a drop in the bucket."

Last Thursday, CM Research and Porter Novelli NZ issued survey results showing New Zealanders ranked the kiwi as one of this country's top three cultural icons. The Haast kiwi is one of six identified varieties of the bird.

In 1992 the Conservation Department estimated that around 300 Haast kiwi survived and in 1993 it was proved to be genetically different.

"There are fears that because very few Haast kiwi were detected by DoC researchers in the 1998-99 breeding season, their numbers may be down to double figures," Ms Fitzsimons said. "In lowland forest where stoats are more common, Haast kiwi have almost disappeared."

Ms Fitzsimons welcomed recent success with North Island kiwi, especially under "Operation Nest Egg", where chicks are raised for example at Auckland Zoo and returned to North Auckland sites. Also the Okarito Brown Kiwi had experienced a 13 percent wild population increase helped by similar work in captivity and intensive predator control.

"However most kiwi populations are under threat in both the North and South Islands - for example in my electorate of Coromandel few kiwi are breeding successfully in the wild. Other rare species which aren't `sexy enough' to attract private sponsorship support are in even more danger. The Conservation Department hasn't the funds to do more than watch species declining in many areas.

"As a millennium initiative, the Government should pledge to preserve New Zealand's rare wildlife. Instead the Conservation Department's budget was cut this year from $179.8 million to $174.1 million."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>


Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>


Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>


Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>


Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>


Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>


Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>


Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>





InfoPages News Channels