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Predator control in Northland gets a boost

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017 Sean Martin

Predator control in Northland's native forests is being expanded to cover more than 40,000ha.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says it's part of the government-funded Battle for our Birds and is vital if the forests are going to be safe havens.

Kiwi, kokako, kakariki and riflemen live in the forests, where the Department of Conservation last year spent more than $1.2 million on pest control over 31,000ha.

Ms Barry says funding is being increased by $380,000 so that pest control covers more than 40,000ha.

The government last year committed $20.7m to the Battle for our Birds and predator control now covers more than 800,000ha nationally.

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