Brash comes to mountain
A National Government would create a $7 million per year ‘Mainland Island’ fund to provide dollar for dollar support for community conservation projects, party leader Don Brash announced at Maungatautari Ecological Island on Tuesday.
“The Maungatautari restoration project is exactly the sort of initiative that National will support with our ‘Mainland Island’ fund,” Dr Brash said.
National believed that protecting our special native birds like kiwi and kokako was best done in partnership with communities he said.
“The benefit of community conservation is that taxpayer dollars go further and communities take ownership of saving local flora and fauna. National rejects the view that protecting our unique environment is the sole preserve of government agencies. We believe that private initiative, community spirit and private enterprise can all contribute to enhancing our conservation efforts."
“The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust has been raising funds for several years in order to help restore the forest on Maungatautari and create a pestfree wildlife haven open to visitors. We applaud this initiative. Our policy also includes the use of young long-term unemployed on work-for-the dole environmental projects."
Dr Brash said National’s plan for the environment was based on its belief that New Zealanders have a unique birthright to enjoy our special places.
“National knows that economic growth and improving the environment go hand-in-hand. We will advance a practical environmental agenda that will make real progress on the issues that matter to mainstream New Zealanders,” said Dr Brash