6 Nov 2011

National proud of DoC achievements

6:27 pm on 6 November 2011

The National Party conservation spokesperson says she is proud of the work the Department of Conservation has achieved under her party's watch.

Releasing its conservation policy on Saturday, Labour said under the National-led Government, the role of the Department of Conservation has been significantly weakened.

It says funding cuts within the DoC means there are parts of New Zealand's biodiversity that may now be permanently damaged by pests.

But National spokesperson for conservation Kate Wilkinson told Radio New Zealand when Labour was in government, it passed no conservation legislation for three, if not six, years.

Ms Wilkinson says in the past three years, nine new marine reserves have been announced and there are new initiatives for pest control, including self-setting traps.

Conservation volunteer hours are up 25%, she says.