The Government has promised more than $25 million to battle
the outbreak of a kauri-killing disease.
The plan to invest in research, monitoring and preventive
measures for kauri dieback was a key part of the Labour
Party's conservation policy, announced earlier this year.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith said: "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.''
There is no known cure for the disease, which has been found
in Northland, the Waitakere Ranges, Great Barrier Island, and
recently in the Coromandel.
Government planned to invest $15 million in operating funding
and $10.7 million in capital funding over four years.
The money would go towards improving Department of
Conservation walking tracks, boardwalks and hygiene stations,
research, surveillance, and co-ordinating a response to the
It would allow DOC to upgrade 100km of high-use tracks
through kauri forests and install 300 hygiene stations.
The total conservation budget remained the same in Budget
2014 at around $340 million.
Government also allocated $20 million for freshwater
More than half of this would go to councils and communities
to improve their planning and decision-making around managing
local freshwater resources.
A $5 million fund would help communities to restore waterways
through initiatives such as riparian planting and
constructing artificial wetlands.
Around $3 million would be put towards implementing resource
- $26.5m over four years for fighting kauri dieback
- $20m over four years to help councils manage freshwater