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Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says the Matukituki Trust volunteers, of Wanaka, should be congratulated on the great pest eradication work they have achieved in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

“These volunteers have worked closely with the Department of Conservation focussing on removing hundreds of pests from the West Matukituki Valley, including possums, rats and stoats.

“Protecting our native flora and fauna is a huge focus for this Government, but we knot that we cannot do it alone. “That’s why groups like this, volunteering and giving so generously of their time and who work with organisations like DOC, are so crucial in our battle to rid the countryside of pests.

“Their conservation work fits well with the Government’s ambitious Predator Free 2050 project, which aims to eradicate possums, rats and stoats from New Zealand by 2050.”

“I congratulate trust volunteers. Their work in protecting birdlife at the Mt Aspiring National Park is truly appreciated.”

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