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Kiwi Deserves Christmas Present

Kiwi Deserves Christmas Present

With a month to go until Christmas Day New Zealand First's conservation spokesman, Edwin Perry MP, has challenged the Government to show its Christmas spirit by doubling the resources and raising the priority of kiwi recovery work.

"The present sum of $3 million per annum is miserly and were it not for the efforts of DoC staff and hundreds of volunteers our national icon would be in an even worse position than it is at present," said Mr Perry.

"While the rest of the country is looking forward to their Christmas holidays and the Finance Minister is thinking fondly of his favourite bird, Uncle Scrooge McDuck, and luxuriating in his financial surplus, the plight of our best known bird is growing steadily more desperate.

"A Christmas present of extra resources would give a boost to efforts to save kiwis and would have downstream benefits for other endangered species.

It would also save us from the embarrassment of having to confess that as a country we cannot adequately protect our national bird.

“Having the conservation effort propped up by local councils and community and charitable groups may be financially convenient but this Government risks going down in history as the administration responsible for wholesale wildlife extinctions,” said Mr Perry.

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