The Green Party says Labour’s commitment to protecting kauri is a good start, but the Greens would go further and faster
to keep our kauri standing.
“It’s great that Labour is committing to funding the bureaucracy needed for the National Pest Management Plan to be
implemented, but more funding is needed to ensure enough action on the ground happens to keep kauri standing,” said
Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Eugenie Sage.
“Last weekend, the Greens announced our plan
to focus $50m over the next two years to keep Aotearoa’s iconic kauri forests standing, and push for further funding to
ensure long term protection.”
“Kauri are one of the most ancient trees in the world and tower 50 metres above us. They are an important part of
Aotearoa’s natural heritage, but without a political commitment to help protect them, they are facing potentially fatal
threats from kauri dieback.
“Kauri urgently need increased support and resources. Government agencies, iwi, and regional councils have done what
they can over the last few years with limited funding. So much more is needed to protect our magnificent kauri forests
in Northland, Auckland, Coromandel and the Waikato.
“With more Green MPs in Parliament we can work alongside Labour to do what’s needed to keep the incredibly important
taonga for Aotearoa healthy and standing.
“This term, the Greens have pushed for adequate funding for kauri dieback in every budget, but other political parties
haven’t agreed to prioritise protecting kauri with the necessary funding.
“We’re pleased that Labour is now coming to the party and committing to funding the National Pest Management Plan
alongside the Greens. But we need to do even more to protect these magnificent forests,” said Eugenie Sage.