Taranaki is leading the way with the goal to make New Zealand predator free by 2050, with the announcement of new funding partners for Project Taranaki Mounga, say Taranaki MPs Barbara Kuriger, Jonathan Young, and Hon Chester Borrows.
Today the Government announced Shell New Zealand, the TSB Community Trust, Landcare Research, and Jasmine Social Investments will join DOC, the Taranaki Iwi Chairs Forum, and the NEXT Foundation in the project.
“The $24 million project is a great example of the large-scale conservation projects that will help achieve the Government’s Predator-Free 2050 goal,” MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger said.
The project, which spans across the entire Egmont National Park and nearby Ngā Motu/Sugar Loaf Islands, will help expand pest control and replenish native species like the Kiwi.
“Returning the birdsong to Mt Taranaki is an imperative for the future of our iconic National Park. It’s an amazing environment, but pests have robbed New Zealanders and visitors of the amazing experience of hearing the song of native bird life,” MP for New Plymouth Jonathan Young said.
“It’s great to see the Taranaki community, the private sector, and the Government join forces to protect native species and help conserve our local environment. Being predator free is an achievable goal that will create a legacy for generations to come.”
“The project is also likely to bring economic benefits to Taranaki,” Barbara Kuriger said.
“It will help boost local tourism, and eradicating pests means they can’t spread disease and destroy pasture, crops, and forestry.”