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Spread to thin:DOC under the pump

The Department of Conservation says it is spread too thin, and its work is being curtailed by a lack of funding.

Director-general Penny Nelson was not shy in stating the obvious in front of the governments environment committee, "The department is not currently financially sustainable for what we're being asked to do".

It is no secret that the new government is making cuts from all directions, but when will it end, and what will be the long-term consequences on the environment?

The National government intends to cut the Department of Conservation's budget by 6.5 percent, and Nelson said it would be looking for direction from ministers about what to prioritise later this year.

"One option is we keep doing what we're doing, another is we do less, another is that we try and get greater conservation outcomes."



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