Govt announces $27M towards wallaby control


By Tame Malcolm, Operations Manager.

On May 14, 2020, the Government budget announcement saw $27 million go towards wallaby control with a special emphasis on stimulating the economy and getting people back into work post COVID-19.

This news came as a lovely surprise for many, including TTW who have long supported some Iwi of Te Arawa with their vision of having their people manage employed to manage the impacts of wallabies.

With wallabies being found in both the North and South Island, a national programme for wallabies will be facilitated by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), while regional specific approaches will be facilitated by DOC and Regional Councils in partnership with Iwi.

In just over two weeks since the budget announcement, MPI have met with DOC, local councils, Iwi and TTW to determine the next steps.

Both TTW and Iwi are hoping to have whānau employed as soon as possible and have them out on the hills and in the bush controlling wallabies.

See attached article: “Budget 2020: Funding for pest control aims to rein in growing wallaby population”.

In this article, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is quoted as saying the funding was an attempt at “supercharging” the efforts to return native bush to health.

“Supporting iwi efforts to save iconic North Island forests from collapse because of the impacts of possums, pigs and deer is crucial to helping nature and the climate,” Sage said.

Photo credit: David Mark, Pixabay

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