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Our natural environment is a valuable resource that we need to preserve and protect. Public conservation land provides New Zealanders with economic, environmental, and recreational opportunities. Access to these underpins our way of life. It also sits at the heart of our largest export earner – the tourism industry.

National’s sound management of our natural landscapes and our focus on balancing our environmental responsibilities with our economic opportunities is helping to build a stronger economy and create jobs, through more tourism and increased primary production. National is making the most of our great outdoors so that New Zealanders and visitors can enjoy our natural environment.

  • Predator Free 2050 – a plan to eradicate rats, stoats and possums from New Zealand and protect precious native species
  • $76m investment in DOC’s visitor facilities and infrastructure to support tourism
  • Paparoa Great Walks and two new Great Walks to be built
  • Overseen the three largest predator control operations in New Zealand history – Battle for our Birds 2014, 2016 and 2017 – to protect native species
  • Developed a Threatened Species Strategy to set out a course to a safe, secure future for our native species, focused on increasing populations
  • Empowered DOC to access commercial and community partnerships worth $100m over the last six years
  • $26 million DOC Community Fund to support groups protecting our natural heritage
  • Funded an $11.2 million kiwi recovery programme to save our national bird from extinction in the wild with a plan for 100,000 wild kiwi by 2030
  • Tackled kauri dieback with a $21.6 million programme of
  • track and facility upgrades to prevent the spread of the disease
  • Invested in conservation research and technology through the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge and the Conservation and Environment Science Roadmap
  • Launched a War on Weeds and wilding conifers smothering our native landscapes
  • Created 11 new marine reserves since 2009 
  • Introduced robust laws for ensuring economic activities in the EEZ meet world’s best practice.
  • Built 60 new huts and 1000km of track Launched the Landmarks pilot project to promote natural and cultural heritage sites in Northland
  • Good to Grow partnership with Corrections enables prisoners to contribute to conservation and learn new skills