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Conservationists head to Wellington

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/05/2017

Maggie Barry. © Mike Clare/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Maggie Barry. All sides of many conservation issues will be aired at a conference in Wellington this week.

Two ministers, conservationists, Maori leaders, public servants and the farming lobby are all turning up to Crazy and Ambitious, the inaugural conference of New Zealand's Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Issues to be discussed include biosecurity, indigenous values and the goal of making New Zealand predator-free by 2050.

The Minister of Science and Innovation Paul Goldsmith will address the conference at the end of the first day and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will launch the Draft Threatened Species Strategy on the third day.

A Threatened Species Summit will follow the launch of the strategy.

New Zealand's native plants and animals are unique but more than 3000 are classified as threatened or at risk and the 800 species classified as threatened face the risk of extinction.

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