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Kevin Hague MP on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 12:15

National needs to admit it has cut funding to the Department of Conservation (DOC), rather than spin the facts and hide from its decision to claw back core conservation funding, the Green Party said today.

 

These comments come following independent analysis by Dr Carolyn Cordery of Victoria University Wellington, validating analysis by the Green Party and others that showed funding for the Department of Conservation had been cut by $40 million dollar in this year’s Budget.

 

Catherine Delahunty MP
Catherine Delahunty MP on Monday, May 30, 2016 - 11:45

The Freshwater Improvement Fund of just $10 million a year is a drop in the bucket of what is needed to make our rivers safe for swimming, the Green Party said today.

“The Waikato River will need between $3 billion and $8 billion alone to clean it up. Nearly $36 million has gone into cleaning up Lake Taupō from the Government alone. Billions of dollars are needed to clean up waterways damaged by dairy intensification, sewage, and industrial and urban pollution ­- $10 million a year just isn’t going to cut it,” said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

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