[17 May/Stuff]

The Department of Conservation will receive a $181.6 million funding boost over four years. The funds will largely go towards predator control and biodiversity initiatives, and also maintaining parks and paths. $81.6 of the funding is for landscape-predator control which enables DOC to undertake sustained control over 1.8 million hectares. Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage, said every conservation dollar counted and the injection was only the start of the Governments investment in nature. A further $76 million was allocated to biodiversity initiatives across land, freshwater and marine ecosystem.  Green Party Co-leader, James Shaw, called it the greenest budget in living memory. The investment in Green initiatives was the highest it had ever been.