Pest control funding boost to make a difference in Coromande

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thanks to the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund, the Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group will receive $48,000 to fight harmful pests in the Coromandel Peninsula’s Whenuakite forests.

“Rats, stoats, possums and other unwanted visitors are a scourge on the natural environment,” says Mr Simpson.

“They’re a direct threat to our native birds like the Kiwi, which are practically defenceless against these pests.”

“The announcement today provides funding for an Operational Manager who will coordinate volunteers who service the trapping lines in the area.

“Community groups like the Whenuakiwi Trust and the Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group here in the Coromandel are key to the future of conservation, and it’s wonderful this funding will help them fight the good fight against pests and help sustain Kiwi populations.

“Nationwide, pests cost our economy more than $3 billion a year. I have no doubt this Government funding will have a positive impact in the Coromandel’s local environment,” Mr Simpson says.