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Three local conservation groups will receive more than $195,000 in funding from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund to fight pests on Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands.

“These islands are the jewels in Auckland’s crown, and dangerous pests like rats, stoats, possums and other unwanted visitors are real threats to the natural environment,” Ms Kaye says.

“Waiheke and Great Barrier are home to native birds like kaka and kereru that are practically defenceless against these pests.

“Conservation-focused groups like the Windy Hill Rosalie Bay Catchment Trust and the Kotuku Peninsula Sanctuary team (Great Barrier), and the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust (Waiheke), are key to the future of conservation in the Gulf, and it’s wonderful this funding will help them fight back against pests.

“The Aotea Conservation Park was opened earlier this year on Great Barrier Island, and will be a significant tourism asset for the island.  It’s crucial we work to keep native birds, and the natural environment, safe.

“Nationwide, pests cost our economy more than $3 billion a year. This local funding will have a positive impact on Great Barrier and Waiheke Islands, “says Ms Kaye.

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