Are Maori going to eat them too?

Apparently our birds are in imminent danger:

It said one in three of New Zealand’s native birds were at risk of following the moa into extinction, and four out of five were “in trouble”.

“The situation is desperate,” Wright said.

Are Maori going to eat them into extinction just like the moa?   

Barry said she was “very aware” of the precarious status of many bird species and maintained that Government was making strides towards addressing it. She also suggested the commissioner had not noticed much of the Government’s progress on its ambitious goal to kill off all pests by 2050.

The commissioner’s suite of proposals for the Government – some of them controversial – underline the enormous task ahead in protecting New Zealand’s most precious bird species.

Wright is recommending the control or eradication of millions of feral cats, consideration of genetic techniques to control predators, and a levy on tourists to fund predator control.

I have a possible solution for the feral cat problem…you will just have to wait until we launch it.

She criticised the Government’s narrow allocation of conservation money for tourism infrastructure, saying more needed to be directed at native flora and fauna.

Socialists like Jan Wright always think that more money will solve the problem. We’ve spent millions upon millions dumping 1080 all over our forests but possums are still as destructive as ever. Perhaps it really isn’t working, other than for the supplier of 1080.

The report’s findings were based on Department of Conservation data which showed that 20 per cent of native bird species were “doing OK”, 48 per cent were “in some trouble”, and 32 per cent were “in serious trouble”.

Birds in the most at-risk category included the kea, the wrybill, the whio, and two species of kiwi.

If New Zealand was to restore an abundant, resilient birdlife on its mainland, native birds needed three things – sanctuary from predators, a suitable habitat, and enough genetic diversity to be resilient in the long-term.

Of these, predator control was the most urgent.

If you want to control predators then put a bounty on them…nothing motivate like a reward.

The Government’s ambitious Predator Free 2050 goal launched last year had helped focus attention on the damage done by predators, Wright said.

But the high-profile policy was light on detail and had no immediate, clear plan of action.

“All the disparate efforts currently under way will not just magically come together,” she said.

Saving New Zealand’s most precious birds would require “a great deal more money” to be allocated to conservation.

The Government committed $76m more funding for the Department of Conservation in this month’s Budget, though most of it was for walking tracks, toilets, carparks and tourism ventures.

“The flora and fauna that draw visitors need much more help too,” Wright said.

“It is not just birds – lizards, frogs, insects and other native fauna are also in trouble. And now myrtle rust has blown across from Australia, threatening pohutukawa, rata and manuka.”

Jan Wright can only see problems, and worse still the only solution she can see, like all good cloth cap wearing socialists is more money.

 – NZ Herald

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