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$4.3 million boost towards predator free Dunedin

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Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today launched the South Island’s first large-scale predator free project in Dunedin.
Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd will contribute $4.33 million towards Predator Free Dunedin, an umbrella group of 20 community groups supported by Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council and the Department of Conservation. It aims to save native plants and wildlife…

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National Heritage listing for Centennial Park

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The Liberal-National Government is pleased to announce Sydney’s Centennial Park has been added to our National Heritage List, elevating the park to the status of other National Heritage places such as Bondi Beach, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Australian War Memorial. …

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Positive step towards Himalayan tahr control

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Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said yesterday’s constructive meeting of the Himalayan Tahr Liaison Group made good progress in helping the Department of Conservation (DOC) finalise the most effective ways of stepping up control of Himalayan tahr to protect the mountainlands and alpine habitats of the central Southern Alps.
The longstanding Himalayan Tahr Control Plan sets an upper limit…

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Australia working to protect wildlife populations

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Australia is acting on the global stage to help ensure that the international trade in wildlife continues to be well-managed and sustainable. An Australian delegation will be attending the 70th meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) from 1 to 5 October 2018…

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Visitor levy to raise $80 million to future proof tourism

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Cabinet has approved a new International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy to be set at $35 per visitor, raising an estimated $80 million a year to go toward tourism infrastructure and conservation projects, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis announced today.
The levy will be collected through visa fees and via the new Electronic Travel Authority, with legislation due to…

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National prioritise invasive species above alpine ecosystems and landscapes

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Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says the National Party’s petition to stop control of Himalayan tahr shows that National doesn’t understand conservation, and is resorting in opposition to a bizarre form of shouting for the sake of political point scoring.
“Truly, a petition by National to “save tahr” is absurd,” Eugenie Sage says.
“Whilst in government, National were missing in action…

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America’s Cup court ruling vindicates process

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The Environment Court has today granted the resource consent for the 36th America’s Cup bases in Auckland and the associated infrastructure and activities.
Economic Development Minister David Parker welcomed the court’s decision, saying it showed the Government was right not to by-pass the process with special legislation as some had argued.
The consents were lodged by Auckland Council’s investment…

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New Zealand increases climate finance commitment to Pacific

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New Zealand will increase its global climate finance commitment to $300 million over four years, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today in New York at the launch of Climate Week NYC, where she was a keynote speaker. The Prime Minister is in New York attending the United Nations Leaders Week and action on climate change is high…

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