EDS congratulates Government and Conservation Minister on DOC funding increases
The Environmental Defence Society has welcomed the budget announcement of increased funding for the Department of
Conservation. Finance Minister Hon Grant Robertson announced a $181.6m increase in DOC’s funding over four years. This
represents a 16 per cent increase on the current departmental allocation.
“Finally, we have some realistic funding for the Department’s core financial needs,” said EDS Policy Director Raewyn
“EDS has been arguing for some years that DOC has been chronically underfunded for the job it does. The Department is
responsible for roughly one-third of New Zealand’s land mass, for providing infrastructure for a burgeoning tourism
sector, for conservation of seabirds, mammals and other life in our enormous marine environment, as well as acting as an
advocate for nature on private land. This is a very big job.
“We see the increased funding as a vote of confidence in the DOC leadership team. After some years of debilitating and
distracting restructuring, the Department is finally settled and able to manage an expanded budget with the clear
expectation that additional outputs will be delivered efficiently and effectively.
“We expect to see expanded staff levels within the Department with increased policy, science and RMA capability.
“More funding for predator control, announced last weekend, is especially welcome. We need to push on hard with ridding
New Zealand of introduced predators that decimate our native birds.
“We are also delighted to see additional funding allocated to the protection of the Mackenzie Basin’s unique landscapes
and biodiversity values. EDS has been working hard to halt the ongoing degradation of the Basin, so additional resource
to help achieve this is much appreciated.
“There are other pluses for the environment in the budget. Environment Minister Hon David Parker announced the creation
of a Resource Management Act oversight unit to improve council enforcement efforts. Last year, EDS highlighted the
highly variable council enforcement practices in our Last Line of Defence report, so it’s great to see timely action to
help rectify this.
“There is funding for the previously announced initiatives on climate change including the establishment of an
independent Climate Change Commission and a Green Investment Fund.
“The budget has also allocated funding to support an independent review into the fisheries management system as well as
to upgrade fisheries monitoring and compliance efforts. EDS has been calling on Labour to honour its election promise of
establishing an independent fisheries review, so it is excellent to see that the government plans to move on this issue.
“Overall, this budget represents a huge step forward for New Zealand’s environment,” concluded Ms Peart.
Environmental Defence Society
EDS is a not-for-profit environmental organisation committed to improving environmental outcomes within New Zealand.
The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is a professionally run, independent environmental group that was established in
1971. It brings together the disciplines of science, planning, landscape and the law.
MORE ABOUT EDS
It operates as a think-tank, providing thought leadership on key environmental issues as well as representing the
environment before councils and the courts.
EDS is located at the collaborative and business aware end of the environmental movement, seeking constructive
engagement with all sectors, to achieve good environmental and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders. It has
It also plays an education role, helping business, councils, community groups and iwi to better understand best
practice resource management. EDS runs national and regional conferences and seminars on topical issues.
EDS is a registered charity and donations to it are tax-deductible.