Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Operation Ark good but where's the money?

Operation Ark good but where's the money?

Forest and Bird is calling on Conservation Minister Chris Carter to seek new funding for Operation Ark from Cabinet and to declare which conservation projects will be cut to pay for the programme to prevent extinctions of threatened species in South Island forests.

"It is a hopeless situation when nearly $1 million is being robbed from other important conservation work in order that critically endangered birds such as the orange fronted parakeet aren't driven to extinction by stoat predation following this year's heavy seed (mast) year in the South Island," said Forest and Bird's Conservation Manager Kevin Hackwell.

"But even $1 million is inadequate, as DOC has had to prioritise its spending to just three areas, when it has clear information that Project Ark assistance is needed at a fourth site in the Catlins. The population of the threatened mohua (yellowhead) in the Catlins may fall victim to predicted stoat plagues because of a lack of funding," he said.

"Last year government officials revealed that they would fail to meet New Zealand's Biodiversity Strategy goal of halting the decline in biodiversity without increased funding. It is not acceptable to fund Operation Ark from existing budgets - officials have previously warned of the consequences," he said.

"It is important that Conservation Minister Chris Carter is open about the other conservation projects that may be slashed to pay for Operation Ark - taxpayers need to know the tradeoffs and sacrifices being made," he said.

"The scale of destruction caused by pests is almost unprecedented internationally and it needs a commensurate response. Instead the government is juggling inadequate funds and hoping for the best. The Government has money to pay for Operation Ark - and the need is critical. Cabinet should fund it," he said.

"In light of last year's report by the chief executives of Ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Fisheries and the Department of Conservation, officials should be tasked with calculating the cost of properly funding New Zealand's Biodiversity Strategy - right now nobody knows," he said.

"Failure to properly fund New Zealand's Biodiversity Strategy will result in extinctions - surely that is something no New Zealander wants," he said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Charlotte Graham: Empowering Communities To Act In A Disaster

The year of record-breaking natural disasters means that in the US, as in New Zealand, there’s a conversation happening about how best to run the emergency management sector and what philosophies best engage and protect communities in the event of a crisis.

How much of the responsibility for a community’s safety in a natural disaster is the Government’s, and how much can be left up to the community themselves? And how do we ensure none of our most vulnerable residents are left behind? More>>


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>


Signage, Rumble Strips, Barriers: Boost For State Highway Road Safety

Boost for road safety this summer Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter today announced a short term boost in road safety funding this summer and signalled a renewed focus from the Government on introducing safer speed limits. More>>


Risks & Adaptation: Cheaper To Cut Emissions Than Deal With Climate Change

The cost of climate change to New Zealand is still unknown, but a group of experts tasked with plugging the country's information gaps says it will likely be significant and it would be cheaper to cut greenhouse emissions than simply adapting to those changes. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>





Featured InfoPages