CONSERVATION HAS BEEN a big winner of the government’s Covidrecovery budget – the largest spending package in New Zealand history.

The $50 billion relief budget has allocated almost $1.1b to environmental projects, and it’s claimed it will result in 11,000 new environmental jobs.

The spending includes $433m injected into a new regional environmental projects programme, $200m to DOC for more jobs, $154m to create regional biodiversity roles, and $315m for pest eradication, including wilding pine, weed and wallaby management.

Forest & Bird chief executive Kevin Hague is pleased to see the large investment in the environment but hopes it is backed up by green

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